Jake Wilshere- The Diamond in the Crown
Jake Wilshere is a 17 year old left-footed English football player who currently plays for Arsenal reserves and under 18s. He made his reserves' debut when he came on as a substitute against Derby county reserves on the 14th of April 2008. Soon after coming on, he showed his authority on the ball by setting up Rhys Murphy. He was awarded with his 1st start for the reserves against West Ham and this game proved to be the turning point for his early career.
Under the watching eyes of Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, he managed to cut from the right side of midfield and put a marvellous through ball for Rui Fonte to toe poke. Minutes later, he received the ball from Nacer Barazite just outside the box. He curled his shot to the top corner and Arsene Wenger looked really pleased with what he saw with a big smile on his face.
On the 29th of April, He came on as a second-half substitute against reserve south league champions Aston Villa at Villa Park with Arsenal one man down. He helped Arsenal earn a well fought point. Arsene Wenger suggested that he might be promoted to the first team soon and it is believed that he is one of two top class English players in Arsenal's reserve team whom Arsene thinks will make it to the starting 11 at Arsenal.
Jake Wilshere is highly regarded at the Emirates. A few senior appearances during friendly games tagged him as one of England’s most promising talents. In 2009, he won the FA youth club with Arsenal, beating Liverpool & was man of the match on both occasions.
Jake Wilshere is expected to make his senior official debut next season (2009/10) as he is now knocking on the doors of the first team.