Jack Andrew Wilshere (StevenageHertfordshire1 January 1992) is an English footballer who plays for Arsenal. He plays as a midfielder and is considered to be one of the most talented footballers in Britain. [1]


[hide]*1 Club career

Club Career[Edit]Edit



Wilshere came right at the Arsenal Academy in October 2001 when he was nine years and still in primary school. He was picked up at the Luton Town soccer school where he had spent about a year. [2Wall went through the various youth teams and at the age of 15 was Captain of the team to 16-year-olds. In addition, he came out for the team in that time several times to 18-year-olds. In the summer of 2007 he also took part in the Champions Youth Cup for players under 19 years, Wilshere was only fifteen. At the end of the season would be won the Junior Championships by Arsenal.

The following season, he played only the first half at the youth under 18 years of age. He scored 13 times in 19 matches here. [3In February 2008, Wilshere his debut for the ' Arsenal Reserves ', the players, in the match against Reading. Here, he scored the only goal of the game. In the spring of 2008, he did with his peers from Arsenal to the Atalanta Cup. This was by the Londoners won and Wilshere was voted player of the tournament. [4In 2009 Wilshere played an important role in winning the FA Youth Cup. He managed to score in the semi-final against Manchester City and supplied two assists and made a goal in the final against Liverpool. It earned him a Man of the Match election.[5][6]

Professional Debut[Edit]Edit

In July 2008, Willshere at the first team from Arsenal, his excellent results at the youth and promises had impressed coach Arsene Wenger. Right away, he played for several matches in preparation for the season 2008/2009. His debut in the Emirates Stadium took place during the Emirates Cup, a tournament organized by Arsenal.Here he played against Juventus and Real Madrid in a shirt with Jersey number 55. At the end of the matches was coach Wenger full of praise for the youth players, and in particular Jack Wilshere. [7on August 4, 2008, Wilshere finally at the first selection. He was assigned Jersey number 19, which he took over from Gilberto Silva who had left a month earlier to the Greek Panathinaikos. [3]

In the Premier League , he made his League debut on 13 september 2008, coming on as a substitute against Blackburn Rovers out for Robin van Persie. With his age of 16 years and 256 days, he was the youngest ever debutant in Arsenal-the Premier League. This record he took over from Gerry Ward (16 years and 321 days on August 22, 1953). Gerry Ward started that game, however, as basic player. [8ten days later would make his first goal for the first Wilshere of Arsenal. In the Carling Cupmatch against Sheffield United , he shot the 5-0, 6-0 in a game that would eventually be won. Wilshere was named Man of the Match. [9Moreover, Arsenal played that match with the youngest team ever. [10]

[1][2]Wilshere during the warm-up prior to a game against League CupWest Bromwich Albion

On 25 november 2008, Wilshere making his debut in the Champions League against Dynamo Kiev, he fell in for Carlos Vela. He broke this record, he is now the youngest debuting Gunner ever with an age of 16 years and 329 days. This record he took over from Theo Walcott that 17 years and 129 days his European debut against Dinamo Zagreb. He is the fifth player who at the age of 16, made his debut in the European miljoenenbal. [9]

On 1 January 2009, the 17-year-old Jack Wilshere reached age, this offered Arsenal the chance to the young talent to offer a professional contract. [11up to that point was Wilshere to the club tied through a youth contract. [12In July of the same year extended his contract with Arsenal, the club did not know for which period the player is logged. [1In preparation for the season 2009/10 the young talent again made a good impression during the Emirates Cup. In both duels, against Atlético Madrid and Glasgow Rangers, Wilshere was elected Man of the Match. In addition, he managed to score twice against the Scots. As a result, Arsenal knew her own tournament to win for the second time. [13]

At the beginning of 2010 there were reports that would make perhaps the temporary switch to Wilshere FC Twente. Coach Steve McClaren turned out to have the services of the young midfielder angled but was initially placed in the waiting room: "I have for Arsenal to this player informed, but at present it is not possible to hire him because of some injuries at Arsenal". [14during the winter break, it was announced that Wilshere certainly would be rented out for the rest of the season. The preference of Wenger, however, went out to a club in the Premier League. [15on January 29, was eventually clear that Bolton Wanderers proved to be the most effective. Wilshere was for the duration of five months to let the degradatiekandidaat.[16]

International Career[Edit]Edit

Wilshere played in various national youth teams since 2006. It was decided to place him in older teams: when he was 14, he played all along with the England U16 team. A year later, he made his debut for the England U17 team. In 2009 he was then called up to the u-17 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP year. He impressed in two duels but fell afterwards from making him the last group game had to. England managed to win any game and was therefore eliminated. [17[18national coach Fabio Capello turned out shortly thereafter pretty impressed by the Arsenal-talent: "it's not normal to be so well already. He surprised me. I got it twice last year playing in the Carling Cup and he is now greatly improved ". According to the Italian have Wilshere still think of a place in the national team. First he will have to come more in action for Arsenal. [19not long after he was selected for Young England and made his debut on August 11, 2009 against the Dutch national junior-team. [20]


Season Club Competition Competition FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
Wed. Dlp. Wed. Dlp. Wed. Dlp. Wed. Dlp. Wed. Dlp.
2008/09 [3]

Arsenal FC

Premier League 1 0 2 0 3 1 2 0 8 1
2009/10 1 0 1 0 2 0 3 0 7 0
2009/10 [4]

Bolton Wanderers

Premier League 14 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 1
2010/11 [5]

Arsenal FC

Premier League 35 1 2 2 5 0 7 1 49 2
Career total 51 2 5 0 9 1 12 1 78 4

Updated on 16 July 2011


With Arsenal:

  • FA Youth Cup: 2009
  • FA Premier Academy League: 2009

With England:

  • Victoria Shield: 2006, 2007