Jack Wilshere

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

He made his first team debut in 2008, at age 16, and Arsenal's youngest league debutant. Andrew Garry Jack Wilshere is an English footballer who plays as a midfielder for the England national team. In a short career so far Wilshere has received numerous awards including PFA Young Player Year, PFA Team of the Year, and Player Arsenal season as chosen by the fans for his performance in his first full campaign for Arsenal during the 2010-11 season.

Personal Information
Full name : Andrew Garry Jack Wilshere
Date of birth : 1 January 1992 (age 20)
Place of birth : Stevenage, England
Height : 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position : Midfielder

Club Information
Current club : Arsenal
Number : 19

Club Career

Wilshere joined the Arsenal Academy in October 2001 at the age of nine. In February 2008, he made his debut for Arsenal Reserves against Reading aged 16, and scored Arsenal's only goal of the match, the which ended in a draw. 

2008-2009 Season
In July 2008, Wilshere was selected in the first team for the pre-season friendlies. Wilshere scored his first two goals for Arsenal in a 10-2 win against a Burgenland XI, and again two days later in a friendly against Stuttgart. Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger gave Wilshere a place in Arsenal's first team squad for the 2008-09 season, and he was given the number 19 shirt, the which he has retained to this day. Ten days later, on September 23, Wilshere scored his first competitive goal in a 6-0 Arsenal victory against Sheffield United in the Football League Cup. On 25 November 2008, Wilshere came on as a substitute in a UEFA Champions League match against Dynamo Kyiv, Becoming the fifth sixteen-year-old to ever play in the Champions League. 

2009-2010 Season
In the preparation for the 2009-10 season, Wilshere scored twice and was twice Awarded Man of the Match as Arsenal regained the friendly tournament, the Emirates Cup. On 22 September 2009, he started for Arsenal in Their 2-0 Football League Cup win over West Bromwich Albion. 

Loan to Bolton Wanderers
On 29 January 2010, Wilshere joined Premier League side Bolton Wanderers on loan until the end of the 2009-10 season. He made his first league start in the away game at Manchester City on 9 February, and scored his first Bolton goal , his first in the Premier League, on 6 March 2010 in the 2-1 victory at West Ham United. 

2010-2011 Season
The 2010-11 football season was a year of breakthrough for Wilshere. On September 15, Wilshere started his first Champions League game of the season Providing an assists. Wilshere was named Arsenal's Player of the Month for September 2010. On 16 October, Wilshere received his first straight red card in, first-team football in a Premier League match against Birmingham City for a challenge on Nikola Zigic. On 19 October, Wilshere scored his first Champions League goal with a chip over Andriy Pyatov at the Emirates Stadium for Arsenal in a 5-1 thrashing of Shakhtar Donetsk in the group stage. On 27 November, Wilshere scored his first Premier League goal for Arsenal in a 4-2 win at Aston Villa. In April 2011, Wilshere won the PFA Young Player of the Year award, and was also named in the PFA Team of the Year for the 2010-11 season, along with Arsenal team-mates Samir Nasri and Bacary Sagna. In his breakthrough season he was also voted Arsenal's Player of the Season, ahead of the likes of Fàbregas, Van Persie and Nasri.

2011-2012 Season
During the summer leading into the 2011-12 Season Wilshere suffered a stress fracture ankle injury During a pre-season friendly. The injury proved a persistent problem throughout Arsenal's pre-season and on 23 September 2011 it was reported Wilshere That would undergo surgery to repair the fracture.

Style of Play
 Wilshere is a player known for his movement, aggression, dribbling, vision, passing and combination play. More recently, Owen Coyle, manager of Bolton During Wilshere's loan spell, praised his ability to "tackle and take a knock", despite his lack of height. In Wenger's words: 'He's a box-to-box player, more than just a holding midfielder.

International Career

Since 2006, the England national football team have decided to play Wilshere in an age group above his age.  Wilshere was just 14 he played for the England national under-16 football team at the Victory Shield in 2006. At the age of 15, he began playing for the England national under-17 football team. After the tournament, he was named Among the 10 future stars from the tournament.

On 7 August 2010, Wilshere was Called up to the senior squad for the first time for Their friendly against Hungary on 11 August. He made his England debut on 11 August 2010, coming on as a 83rd minute substitute for Steven Gerrard against Hungary. This made him the 10th youngest player ever to play for the Classic national team.

Personal Life
In March 2011, Wilshere received a police warning for Attempting to spit on a taxi driver, who Happened to be wearing a hat of Arsenal's Rivals Tottenham, after the driver refused to drive him home Because he was too drunk. On 29 September 2011, Wilshere's girlfriend gave birth to Lauren Neal Their son, Archie Jack Wilshere. Wilshere Appeared on the UK and Ireland cover of FIFA 12 alongside Wayne Rooney. In November 2011, Jack Wilshere Became an ambassador for St John Ambulance.


  Premier Academy League : 2008-09
  FA Youth Cup : 2008-09

  Victory Shield : 2006, 2007

  PFA Young Player of the Year : 2010-11
  PFA Team of the Year : 2010-11

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