Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger feels that the departure of Robin van Persie will not create any significant vacuum at the club. He believes that youngster Jack Wilshere has the potential to step up to the plate and become a leader in future.
Van Persie was sold to Manchester United for a reported fee of £24m but Wenger has enough cover in striking department this season after the summer arrivals of Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla.
But he feels, the youngsters at the club will take Arsenal to a long way. He has especially ushered heaps of praise for the talented young Wilshere, who is currently side lined due to injury. The 20-year-old will be given no 10 jersey at the club and is expected to return before the end of the year.
“We lose great players but I want to show that we have great players at the club,” said Wenger while speaking to ESPN.
“Young players, English players. Chamberlain and Wilshere, we have fantastic potential here and when everyone is fit we will see that.
“I feel Jack will be one of the leaders of this club and by giving him the number 10 [shirt], I want to show I am confident he will be the one who will lead the team one day.
“I believe that he is at the stage where he needs something. At his age, one year out, that’s not easy to take and every day he comes in at 8 o’clock in the morning and works out but didn’t get anywhere. I want to show him that I believe in him and that he will come back quickly.”
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