Jack Wilshere has added his voice to the saga surrounding Cesc Fabregas' future, urging his captain to stay loyal to Arsenal and prove that he is a real man. Samir Nasri was also urged to stay by the Englishman, as one of the youngest players in the first team gave advice to his senior midfield partners.
Wilshere stressed the need for Arsenal to have loyal players and went on to cite Fabregas' loyalty last season, after his dream-move to Barcelona failed but he remained committed to Arsenal, as an example.
The 19-year-old also spoke of the need for Arsenal to keep their key players, as they look to end their extended trophy drought.
If you are loyal, it means you are a real man, said Wilshere. We have got loyalty at Arsenal and players have shown that in the past. Cesc showed that last year and hopefully a few more players will show it this year.
Loyalty is a big part of football and it shows if you are a real man or not. There have been a few players who have shown Arsenal great loyalty and hopefully we will get a few more like that.
We need to keep our big players, he went on. If you look at Tottenham, they are fighting to keep (Luka) Modric. It's the same for any team - you have to keep your best players. We have to keep ours if we want to win things.
Robin (Van Persie) has said we would be devastated if we lose Cesc. It's the same for me. He has been a role model for me and he is the player I want to aspire to.
On his own career, he said I am happy at Arsenal at the minute, he said. I have been here since I was nine. In those 10 years, I have been really happy. I have had a few problems in the past but Arsenal have always looked after me. We have spoken about it and they helped me get over it.
I am still young. I like to enjoy my life but my life is at Arsenal. Football is my life. It would mean everything to win a trophy this season.