Arsenal are reportedly set to appoint Jack Wilshere as their captain next season, replacing Thomas Vermaelen.

Jack Wilshere is the focal point of the current Arsenal side – there are no two ways about it. In fact he will be the fulcrum around which future Arsenal teams will be built as well. It was only a matter of time before he was given the captain’s armband; in fact he is already the leader of the team on the pitch. But it seems like he will be handed over the responsibility sooArsenalner rather than later.

According to reports in English media, Jack Wilshere will replace Thomas Vermaelen as the captain next season. Vermaelen who was appointed as the leader after Robin van Persie left the club for Manchester United at the start of this season. But it seems like captaincy has had negative effects on the Belgium international’s game. Vermaelen has been far from his best this season.

Arsene Wenger wants to relive Vermaelen from his responsibilities so that the defender can concentrate more on his game on the pitch. Reports suggest, that appointing Wilshere as the captain is also part of Arsenal’s new plan of building a strong British in the team. Incidentally, Cesc Fabregas was also appointed the captainship at similar age. The Englishman has already had the honour of the donning the arm band in Arsenal recent match against West Ham.

But the question arises whether it is too early to add such responsibilities on Wilshere’s shoulder. Will it hamper his progress on the pitch?

England manager Roy Hodgson and Alan Shearer have all backed him to become the future captain of the English national team and there are no doubts about the fact that he will. But is it too early to put added pressure on Wilshere’s shoulder, who is already carries the weightage of enormous expectations from the fans.

Arsenal have lacked a prominent leader in their squad since the departure of Patrick Viera. Many good and great players have been given the captain’s arm band after the Frenchman departed, but none had similar leadership skills. Wilshere does have similar traits to Viera in his presence on the field. The fact that he is a fan of Arsenal – like any of the Gooners sitting in the stands – makes him even more special. He has shown leadership skills, he can rally a team around himself, but only time will tell whether he will be able to handle the day-to-day pressure of being the leader of a football club at such an young age. Arsenal must careful about not rushing his into this role.