Wilshere Guns for new deal

Wayne Gardiner

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes midfielder Jack Wilshere could reach the pinnacle of the sport after he signed a new long-term deal with the club.

The 18-year-old England international has committed himself to the Gunners by penning the new deal midway through a season that has seen him develop into a first-team player at the Emirates Stadium.

Wilshere, who has been with the club since he was nine, has made eight Premier League appearances this season and has figured in all three of the club's Champions League games so far. And Wenger, who has overseen Wilshere's development, is confident the teenager can now kick on to even better things.

"It's such great news that Jack has committed his long-term future to the club," he said. "Jack is a fantastic footballer with a huge amount of potential, and we have all seen with his performances so far that he is a very gifted player who could be an extremely influential player at the top level of the game.

"At still only 18 years of age, there is still so much more to come from him and we're all excited by the fact that Jack Wilshere will be an Arsenal player for years to come."