Arsenal starlet Jack Wilshere has won the Professional Footballers’ Association award for Young Player of the Year.
The 19-year-old, who spent part of last season on loan at Bolton Wanderers, has become a key figure in the Gunners’ starting XI this season to force his way into England’s senior team.
And Wilshere’s fine form has now been rewarded with the PFA prize at a gala event in London.
He said: “It is my first full season and it is a massive award, especially from my fellow players. It is amazing.
“I am very proud to be the fifth recipient from Arsenal, it is good to keep this history going.
“Arsenal is a good club for bringing youngsters through and they keep proving it so I would like to thank the manager as well.”
He added: “I am a bit surprised. I always knew I could do but still it was a surprise how early it came.
“I am delighted just to be in the team to win an award, so I have to keep it up now and hopefully we can win something this year.”