Jack Wilshere Lists His Top Five Teammates – Includes Three Former Arsenal Stars

By The Editor
on 25th November 2020

Jack Wilshere lists the top five players he’s played with…


Former Arsenal playmaker Jack Wilshere was asked to list the top five players he’s shared a dressing room with in his career so far, and the 28-year-old found space for three former Gunners (via talkSPORT).

Wilshere spent the majority of his football career at the club, initially joining the academy at Hale End at the age of nine and working his way through the development squads.

He made his debut at 16 and was touted as one of the most exciting prospects to come throughout the system during Arsene Wenger’s reign.

Early on, he definitely delivered on that early promise and became a fixture in Wenger’s Premier League team throughout the 2010/11 season, winning the PFA Young Player of the Year award.

However, he missed the entire 2011/12 campaign with a stress fracture in his ankle and was never really the same again with injuries continuously halting his progress.

Wilshere eventually left the club in 2018 as the expiration of his deal coincided with the shock departure of Wenger after 22 years at the helm. Wilshere wasn’t offered a new deal by Unai Emery.

Despite the many lows, the England international enjoyed some wonderful moments at club and when asked about the most talented players he’s shared a dressing room with, three former Arsenal playmakers came to mind.

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Tomas Rosicky

“He was a joke, mate,” Wilshere said about the mercurial Czech icon.

“He wasn’t really quick but when he picked the ball up and started driving at players…and his understanding of the game!”

“I remember he scored a goal, it was against Sunderland, it was unreal. He was the one who started all the attacks.”

Santi Cazorla

“When he went on the pitch, he was like this little kid running around, smiling. He used to take set-pieces and the Gaffer would say; ‘no, inswinger’. He would just move over and take it with his left. He was special.”

Cesc Fabregas

“He was the one all the academy boys looked at, he was 16 playing in the first-team. When I finally got into the dressing room he was captain and he put his arm around me, he was brilliant.

“I saw him control games and create 10-12 clear goalscoring opportunities a game. And for someone who wasn’t quick, wasn’t strong, he just played with his mind. It was unbelievable to watch.”