Jack Wilshere has revealed Kolo Toure and Cesc Fabregas as the two players who helped him most when he broke into the first team.
The 25-year old, who became a first team regular at the age of 19 was full of praise for the duo as he now takes up the role of helping younger players come through.
“When I first got into the squad Kolo Toure was brilliant for me,” said Wilshere. “But when I first got into the team, I was playing next to Fabregas, who was captain, and Alex Song.
“Cesc had come through at a similar age to me so he knew the pressure I was under and he was great for me too.”
Wilshere, who is now one of the older players in the squad has offered to be of help to the new blood coming in, should they need help.
“If they need help I’ll be there,” he said. “I can remember when I was in their position and if you had an experienced player talking to you and encouraging you during a game, that always helped.
“The boys coming through now all have lots of individual quality and have enough to make a career at the club. They all want to learn and I think it’s crazy that Reiss is only 17 – it makes me feel old.
“They’ll learn from every experience they have. Ainsley is playing out of position but it’s going to be good for him going forward in his career.”