Wilshere - Win it for Cesc
Jack Wilshere wants Arsenal to bring home the Carling Cup in honour of Cesc Fabregas and Theo Walcott.
Last Updated: 26/02/11 3:38pm
Jack Wilshere wants Arsenal to bring home the Carling Cup in honour of injured duo Cesc Fabregas and Theo Walcott.
The 19-year-old England international is likely to start in his first final for the club against Birmingham on Sunday after being a given a regular role in the first team by manager Arsene Wenger this season.
Gunners skipper Fabregas was desperate to lead out the team as they look to end a six-year trophy drought, but lost his race to be fit after getting injured early on in their 1-0 win over Stoke on Wednesday.
Walcott was also ruled out after picking up an injury in the same game, but Wilshere feels that his team can use their absence as a positive, though if they win, Fabregas will still be the man lifting the trophy at Wembley.
"Cesc is a great leader and if we win it, there will only be one person to go up and lift the trophy," Wilshere told Arsenal TV Online.
"In a way we can do it for him and Theo too, he has been a massive player for us in the Carling Cup and scored two goals against Newcastle.
"We will miss them, but we need to go and do the job without them."
Six years has been a long time for Wenger and the club to go without winning any silverware, but Wilshere is confident that if they can break that spell and bring home the trophy, more will follow.
"At the moment, this has been the best season I could have asked for. I have played for England and now am about to represent my club in a cup final, which is massive," he added.
"I am really looking forward to Sunday, it will be the biggest game of my life so far.
"If we can win, it will give us confidence for the rest of the season.
"It has been five years since Arsenal won anything and this team is too good not to win things.
"Every game brings pressure when you are at a big club like Arsenal.
"The cup final is a one-off game and anything can happen, so we have to be
In the absence of Fabregas and Walcott, Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky could find himself in the starting line-up for the match.
Being one of the Gunners' more experienced campaigners, having been at the club since the summer of 2006, the 30-year-old knows how important a victory could be for the rest of their season.
"It will be important for the whole team. Remember, there are a lot of young guys here that haven't won a major trophy before so it could be a very big boost for everyone," he said.
"Beating Birmingham could lead to more success, it'd be a huge step up for the future.
"Once you have tasted how great it is to win something it makes you even hungrier for more so it's a vital game for us on Sunday."