Jack Wilshere says Danny Welbeck teases him by calling Arsene Wenger his dad, and he admits the pair have a great relationship.
Wilshere was interviewed by Soccer AM about his teammates.
They asked the 26-year-old a number of questions, including who the teacher’s pet is in the squad. The midfielder responded: “I’m sure if Danny was sat here and you asked that he’d say me. He always says that the boss is my dad.
“I’ve got a great relationship with the boss here. I’ve known him since I was 16. We have a good relationship, we talk most days, but I’m not teacher’s pet.”
Many supporters looking in on the situation have made the same comparison between Wenger and Wilshere. The Hale End Academy graduate was just nine when he joined the club, so he’s spent most of his development at Arsenal.
He broke into the first-team at such a young age, and the two clearly remained close. Now he’s been in that team for nearly 10 years.
Whatever happens next, he’ll have spent most of his playing career with Wenger.
One player with a similar background at Arsenal, but who clearly isn’t teacher’s pet, is Alex Iwobi.
The 21-year-old has been with the Gunners since he was a young child, but Wilshere says he’s always picking up fines.
He revealed: “You know what, I’d say Alex Iwobi gets fined the most.
“He (Mertesacker) can’t believe it, he can’t understand why someone would be late. Which is fair enough, you shouldn’t be late.”
Again, that isn’t a big surprise.
You can hear what else Jack had to say in the video above.