By Joe Brewin

Jack Wilshere has spoken of his immense pride after being handed Arsenal’s coveted No 10 shirt.

The young midfielder is currently nursing an ankle injury which has kept him out of action for a year but he is back in light training ahead of the new season.

Wilshere, who has been with the Club since the age of nine, says that following in the footsteps of some former greats gives him extra motivation.

"It's such an honour for me,” he told Arsenal.com. “Getting the No 10 shirt again at the Club means so much to me as I wore it all through the youth teams at Arsenal.

“It has a special place for all attacking or creative players. I feel proud to wear it now after some real Club legends have worn it, such as Dennis Bergkamp.

“Now I am even more excited about returning to action and honouring the shirt.”

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