Wenger rubbishes theory over why he made Wilshere captain

Matt Stead

Arsene Wenger has explained why he has decided to hand the Arsenal captaincy to Jack Wilshere in numerous games this season.

Wilshere and Arsenal are locked in contract negotiations, with the midfielder’s current deal expiring in the summer.

Arsenal have made Wilshere an offer which falls below the midfielder’s demands, and there are no signs of the impasse ending.

Despite the uncertainty surrounding his future, the 26-year-old has featured regularly this season, and even captained the club against Ostersund, Chelsea and AC Milan.

But Wenger insists there are no ulterior motives behind the decision.

“No, not at all,” Wenger told beIN SPORTS when asked whether handing Wilshere the captaincy was an attempt to get him to stay.

“He was born at the club basically. He has a long history with the club, strong link with the club.

“Jack Wilshere on the pitch is a big quality.

“Apart from his technical top qualities he has personality and is in the right place on the pitch, and now with the maturity to organise around him. That’s why I played him central.

“I just thought the combination of history, the fact that he’s a long-term player for the club, the fact that he has experience and knowledge now, I trust now to make him captain.”