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Jack Wilshere: I want to be an Arsenal legend

PUBLISHED: 11:55 11 November 2017 | UPDATED: 11:59 11 November 2017

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere has said he wants to stay at the club and become a legend. PA

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere has said he wants to stay at the club and become a legend. PA

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Jack Wilshere wants to be an ‘Arsenal legend’ and emulate his heroes, the side of 1989, by winning the league title with the North Londoners.

Wilshere is fit and has shown impressive form for Arsenal this season. PA Wilshere is fit and has shown impressive form for Arsenal this season. PA

Speaking exclusively to this correspondent on behalf of the Islington Gazette and Hitchin Comet newspapers at the premier of 89 The Film the 25-year-old reaffirmed his desire to stay at the Emirates and create his own history.

The 25-year-old from Hitchin wants to stay at the club and emulate his heores, the class of 89. PA The 25-year-old from Hitchin wants to stay at the club and emulate his heores, the class of 89. PA

The talented midfielder capped by 34 times by England, but curiously omitted from Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions squad, is in the final months of his contract with Arsene Wenger’s team.

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere during the Carabao Cup, Fourth Round match at the Emirates Stadium, London. PA Arsenal's Jack Wilshere during the Carabao Cup, Fourth Round match at the Emirates Stadium, London. PA

But the Hitchin-reared player wants to stay at the club for the long-term and create his own slice of Arsenal history by replicating the success the class of 89 achieved.

Jack Wilshere has said he wants to become an Arsenal legend and win the league title at the club. PA Jack Wilshere has said he wants to become an Arsenal legend and win the league title at the club. PA

He said: “I feel proud to be an Arsenal player – the 1989 side are legends and hopefully one day I can be an Arsenal legend too.

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere on the ball during the UEFA Europa League match at the Emirates Stadium, London. Arsenal's Jack Wilshere on the ball during the UEFA Europa League match at the Emirates Stadium, London.

“As an Arsenal man I want to win the league and emulate them.

Jack Wilshere at 89 The Film premier. Credit 89 The Film Jack Wilshere at 89 The Film premier. Credit 89 The Film

“I want to make history myself at the club. It’s a pleasure to see these heroes.”

The class of 89 at the premier of 89 The Film The class of 89 at the premier of 89 The Film

Wilshere attended the premier joining a large number of the 1989 side including former manager George Graham, his captain Tony Adams, Lee Dixon, Alan Smith, and Wenger’s assistant Steve Bould among many others.

The film details the events of the momentous 1988-89 season which culminated in Arsenal winning the league title against all-the-odds in a memorable climax now embedded in the club’s folklore.

A fit and in form Wilshere – who has earned plaudits at the quality of his performances this season – jumped at the chance to learn more about the famous side and soak up their success.

He added: “Stuart [MacFarlane] the photographer mentioned it to me and gave me the invitation and it was 100 per cent that I was coming.

“I wasn’t born until 1992 – but I’ve grown up at Arsenal and we’re told about the 89 side.

“We’ve still got people at the club who were around then and it’s a massive moment in the history of Arsenal.”

89 tells the incredible story of one of football’s greatest triumphs when Arsenal snatched the Championship title from Liverpool at Anfield in the last minute of the last game of the 1988-89 season.

Mixing archive and previously unseen footage with revealing interviews, insights and memories from the original squad, game officials, fans and the people who were there on the night this is the definitive account of a watershed moment in football and a must-watch for any sports fan.

In OurScreen.com cinemas and on DVD and Digital Download from November 20.

At 8pm on Friday, November 17 the official Twitter account @89TheFilm will live tweet the match that made history. Follow the account and join in.

For more on where to watch the film visit www.ourscreen.com/film/89.

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