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Wilshere wants to lead Arsenal

Jack Wilshere says it is "part and parcel" of his game to be a leader - and he hopes doing that will help Arsenal end their trophy drought.

Wilshere goes from strength to strength with every game as he looks to put a frustrating spell on the sidelines with ankle and knee injuries firmly behind him.

The 21-year-old produced a man-of-the-match display against Swansea on Wednesday night to fire the Gunners into the fourth round of the FA Cup with a superb late winner at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsene Wenger's men will travel to Championship club Brighton next weekend looking to keep alive hopes of a first trophy since 2005.

Wilshere said: "Do I feel like a leader? That is part and parcel of my game and is the type of player I am - I like to pick the ball up, run at players and drive the team on.

"We all need to show a bit of character now.

"We knew we needed to get a result against Swansea and we all applied ourselves excellently in that game.

"We want this cup - it is a big competition. It was the last major trophy we won and we know what it means to the fans to get a trophy."

Following last weekend's disappointing 2-0 home defeat by Manchester City, Arsenal will be out to get their Barclays Premier League campaign back up and running at Chelsea on Sunday.

The Blues have struggled for consistency at home this year under interim manager Rafael Benitez, and last night blew a 2-0 lead to draw with relegation battlers Southampton.

Arsenal ran out 5-3 winners at Stamford Bridge last season and Wilshere is targeting a repeat performance.

"Chelsea don't like playing against us. We play football so if we can take the game to them and get in behind them, we can cause problems," he said.

"Chelsea play football as well and they're a great team with good individuals who can change the game, but we have those players as well - we have Theo Walcott's pace and Santi Cazorla's ability to get into spaces.

"We won there 5-3 last season, so we know we can do it and we have to be confident going there.

"We have to take the game to them and play our football because we are a bit behind in the table and we need points."

While not wanting to add to the pressure already on Wilshere's young shoulders from an expectant nation, Wenger is in no doubt there is plenty more to come.

"You can always improve in every area. He himself questions that," the Arsenal manager said.

"The way he took (the goal) was fantastic, because he didn't think too much. Sometimes you miss the chances when you have too much time. He took his chance in a spontaneous way.

"It is good that he adds that to his game, because he gets in situations where you have to finish."