Jack Wilshere calls upon teammates to man-up

Jack Wilshere has stated that he hopes Arsenal team-mates Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri stay at the club, and said he feels loyalty is a key attribute of a real man.

The Spaniard has been linked with a move back to former employers Barcelona, whilst the ex-Marseille midfielder is in the last year of his contract, and has been linked with a move away from north London in search of silverware.

The 19-year-old spoke at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, as the Emirates club prepare for a number of pre-season friendlies in the Far East, and made his position clear when asked about the duo’s potential departures.

“Loyalty is a big part of football and it shows if you are a real man or not. There have been a few players who have shown Arsenal great loyalty and, hopefully, we will get a few more like that. Then we will see if we can get a trophy or not,” he told journalists.

“We have got loyalty at Arsenal and players have shown that in the past. Cesc showed that last year and, hopefully, a few more players will show it this year. If you look at Tottenham, they are fighting to keep Modric. It’s the same for any team … you have to keep your best players. We have to keep ours if we want to win things.

“Robin [van Persie] has said he would be devastated if we lose Cesc and it’s the same for me. He has been a role model for me and he is the player I want to aspire to. It would be a shame if we lose him but, hopefully, we can keep hold of him,” the England international concluded.