30/09/2011 07:42 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere Tweets Touching Photo Of His Newborn Baby

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere tweets touching photo of his newborn baby son Archie Jack Wilshere/Twitter

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere has become a father for the first time - and tweeted a photo of himself cradling his son.

His girlfriend Lauren Neal gave birth to Archie yesterday afternoon.

The 19-year-old midfielder took to his Twitter page to announce his 'proud dad' news, later adding the touching David Beckham-style black and white photo of him cradling his son and placing a tender kiss on his forehead.

He wrote: 'The proudest day of my life today!

'Archie Jack Wilshere was born at 15.06 uk time and weighed 7lb 11oz. I am the happiest man in the world!'

Jack and Lauren, 22, a hairdresser, were 'shocked but delighted' to find out she was pregnant a few months after they split up at the beginning of the year. But they have since rekindled their relationship this summer.

Jack, who earns £50,000 a week at Arsenal, will be able to spend some quality time with his new son after suffering a stress fracture to his right ankle.

He could be out of action until late February following surgery on Monday.

Let's hope he's able to help Lauren care for their new son.