Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has admitted that he hopes one day to captain the club with the youngster leaving no doubts over where he sees his long-term future.
Wilshere has grown up at the club and went through the youth ranks into the senior line-up under Arsene Wenger's guidance, but when he spent over a year on the sidelines with an ankle injury during which time much of the squad changed as players left in search of immediate silverware.
The most recent summer told a different story though with the club keeping their big stars and smashing their transfer record to sign Mesut Ozil. And Wilshere claims that the atmosphere has never been better at Arsenal as they currently sit at the top of the table with trophies in mind.
"At the moment I would probably say it's the best atmosphere I've ever been in the dressing room," he told the Arsenal website. "There are some real characters in there, some funny guys and some serious guys, there are professional guys who want to get things done and don't like people being late, so everyone's disciplined.
"From the team that I first broke into a lot of them have gone so I'm one of the few who's been around, there's Bac [Sagna] as well but I'm one of the only midfielders who has been around for a while.
"Mikel [Arteta] came in, he was the captain at Everton and he's the vice-captain here and you can tell by the way he is off the pitch, even when he was injured he was in the dressing room and giving us support. I do feel a bit of responsibility but I have players around to help me."
Wilshere also admitted that he would like to captain the side one day, having stuck with Arsenal for the long term and repaying their faith in him after recovering from injury by signing a new deal last year.
He explained: "I've grown up at this club and I have captained the Club at under-16 level, under-18 level and last season as well I got the armband for 20 minutes or so [against West Ham in January] which was a nice feeling. I want to do that [be a leader] for this club."