By Chris Harris

Jack Wilshere has been named in Arsenal's first-team squad for the 2008/09 season.

The talented 16-year-old has played a major role during pre-season, impressing Arsène Wenger at the Club's training camp in Austria and featuring in both of Arsenal's games at the Emirates Cup.

Wilshere started against Juventus on Saturday and went close with a volley in the first half. He came off the bench against Real Madrid on Sunday and caused problems for one of Europe's most experienced right backs, the Spaniard Michel Salgado.

Wilshere wore the No 55 shirt against La Liga's champions but will take the No 19 shirt in the forthcoming campaign. That number was vacated by Gilberto when the Brazilian left for Panathinaikos last month.

Wilshere joined Arsenal as a nine year-old in October 2001. Last season he scored 13 times in 19 Under-18 league outings and also netted twice from two reserve team starts, all while still a schoolboy.

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4 Aug 2008