Arsenal today announced their first signing of the transfer window when the club secured the long-term services of Jack Wilshere.
The youngster was unable to sign professional terms with the club until January 1 when he turned 17-years-old and although it was virtually guaranteed that he would become an Arsenal pro, it’s still a relief that he has, given the club’s recent history with tying down players to new deals.
I’m usually sceptical about teenagers breaking into the first team at such a young age, but Jack has been nothing but impressive in his fleeting appearances for the Gunners so far and he has the potential to become Arsene Wenger’s first true home grown superstar player.
Wilshere is already an England youth international and holds a number of club records - being the youngest ever player to represent Arsenal in the Carling Cup, Premier League and Champions League competitions. Indeed, he scored in the Carling Cup to become the Gunners’ youngest ever goalscorer.
For those of you in any doubt, the official Arsenal website states that Wilshere is left-footed and I’m hoping we’ll see a lot more of his natural talent before the end of the season – and perhaps a few more entries in the record books too.