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Midfielder Jack Wilshere signs new Arsenal contract

Jack Wilshere
Wilshere has played 12 times for Arsenal this season, scoring once

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has signed a new long-term contract at the Premier League club.

Wilshere, 18, has been at the Gunners since he was nine years old, making his debut in September 2008, aged only 16.

He spent much of last season on loan at Bolton but has established himself in Arsenal's first team this term and also made his England debut in August.

"To be offered a new contract means everything to me," Wilshere told Arsenal's website on Monday.

"At this point in my career, when I'm only 18 years old and still learning so much about the game and myself, this is the perfect club, the perfect team-mates, the perfect fans, the perfect backroom staff and most importantly, the perfect manager to help continue that.

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"I've got a long way to go before I can become the player I dream of becoming and I'm sure I'll keep making the odd mistake, but it is a massive help for me having a special manager like Arsene Wenger and so many quality team-mates and the unbelievable Arsenal fans around me. I believe there is a lot more to come from me."

Wenger will be delighted to secure the services of Wilshere, who has broken a host of records in his meteoric rise to the Gunners' first team.

Wilshere is the youngest player to have represented Arsenal in the league, in European competition and also in the FA Cup - it was only after the latter that he signed professional forms with the club, just after his 17th birthday.

Along with fellow midfielder Aaron Ramsey, 19, he is part of a bright new generation of players at the north London club.

The exact length of the deal has not been revealed, but Wenger, said: "It's such great news that Jack has committed his long-term future to the club.

"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."

Wilshere has also been hailed as an important figure in the future of the England team and was called up for the friendly against Hungary in August.

He was handed his debut when he came off the bench, replacing Steven Gerrard, in the 82nd minute of the 2-1 victory.



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