Jack Wilshere has admitted that he owes his career to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
The Gunners midfielder is grateful for the support of the Frenchman.
The England international star said: “He’s been the main person in my career – he gave me a chance when I was 16.
“He gave me special care, put his arm around me, he picked me out and gave me the chance to train with the first team every day. That helped my career massively, learning from the way they play.
“Sending me on loan to Bolton, learning to play the Premier League way, that was important too.
“Some games I didn’t play well but he still stuck with me when I made mistakes, and that’s huge.
“I feel like I’ve been around for a long time now, I should be used to playing week in, week out. I’m 21 but in football ages I’m a bit older than that.
“I’ve got a few years’ experience and hopefully that can help me.”