Arsenal skipper Vermaelen: Wilshere influence now crucial

Arsenal skipper Thomas Vermaelen admits Jack Wilshere is crucial to their fortunes this season.

Arsenal skipper Thomas Vermaelen admits Jack Wilshere is crucial to their fortunes this season.

The 21-year-old was in inspired form in Sunday’s defeat to Manchester City and Vermaelen admits he will be a key figure during a challenging run of fixtures.

“I think Jack did well,” the captain said. “For him and for Abou [Diaby] it was not easy with 10 men, they had to run a lot. Jack did well and he worked hard.

“You can see that since he came back he is growing and growing. And I think at the moment he is at a good level.

“He is a world-class midfielder and he can only get better because he is young, coming back from more than a year out with injury. So I am very confident he will come back really strong.”

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