Jack Wilshere admits he has his eyes on the Arsenal captaincy.

With current skipper Thomas Vermaelen unable to find a spot in the starting line-up, Mikel Arteta has assumed that that responsibility but it is one Wilshere hopes he is soon ready to acquire given he has been a Gunner since the age of nine.

"I've grown up at this club and I have captained the club at under-16 level, under-18 level and last season as well I got the armband for 20 minutes or so [against West Ham in January] which was a nice feeling. I want to do that [be a leader] for this club," said Wilshere.

"From the team that I first broke into a lot of them have gone so I'm one of the few who's been around, there's Bac [Sagna] as well but I'm one of the only midfielders who has been around for a while.

"Mikel [Arteta] came in, he was the captain at Everton and he's the vice-captain here and you can tell by the way he is off the pitch, even when he was injured he was in the dressing room and giving us support. I do feel a bit of responsibility but I have players around to help me."

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