Wilshere in plea to Cesc
Published 13/07/2011 | 05:00
Jack Wilshere has urged Cesc Fabregas to stay at Arsenal for at least another season and described loyalty as a measure of whether someone is "a real man," WRITES JEREMY WILSON.
Arsene Wenger admits that Fabregas is torn between Arsenal and Barcelona, while Wilshere yesterday summed up the desire in the dressing-room for their captain and Samir Nasri to stay.
Wilshere praised Fabregas for the way he remained committed to the club last season after Barcelona had two bids for him rejected.
"Loyalty is a big part of football and it shows if you are a real man or not," said Wilshere. "We have got loyalty at Arsenal. Cesc showed that last year and, hopefully, a few more players will show it this year.
Nasri's future was also in serious doubt until Wenger made the decision that he would turn down any offers for the France midfielder, even though he is in the final year of his contract.
"We need to keep our big players if we want to win things," said Wilshere. "Robin (Van Persie) has said he would be devastated if we lose Cesc. It's the same for me. He has been a role model for me."
Wilshere extended his own contract last November and is committed to the club until 2015. "I am happy at Arsenal at the minute," he said. (© Daily Telegraph, London)