1. Jack Wilshere
Where do we start with Jack? Well, after suffering a series of setbacks with injury, Wilshere had a frustrating season last year, managing just 35 appearances and 5 goals in all competitions.
But now, the midfielder is finally laying down a number of consistent performances, with Gunners fans nominating him MOTM in both Manchester City and Besiktas games. His work rate has been rewarded by manager, Arsene Wenger, who has already started him in 12 games this season, already a third of what he managed last year.
Unfortunately, it seems Wilshere’s success has come off the back of several poor performances from Aaron Ramsey, who has struggled in his last few games before picking up an injury in the 2-2 draw to Man City. Ramsey wasn’t selected in the second leg against Besiktas due to a suspension, Wilshere picked up a man of the match display. He also managed to bag a chipped goal in the same game that Ramsey picked up his knock. Coincidence?
The thing about Jack is, you either love him or you can’t stand him… His passion for the club is like no other I have seen since Thierry Henry of 2008. At 22, he now has to establish himself as a composed player and let that maturity shine. Sometimes he is quick to care too much, and that forces silly mistakes from the England international. I thoroughly believe this is the man that will captain our side after Per Mertesacker, he has proven his ability and finally cemented his position as a sitting centre midfielder. Now he has to show he is a leader, and there is no better man to do that than somebody who has been with this football club for nearly 13 years.