Wilshere Admirers Grow by the Day
Jack Wilshere told of the best week of his life after Arsenal’s win against Barcelona at the Emirates, and as his excellent performances become an ever frequent feature at the North London club, his fans, admirers, supporters, followers – call them what you like – increase by the day. No-one can doubt his obvious quality, skill and footballing artistry, and in such a young player it is very rare to see such natural ability so perhaps it is unsurprising that praise for him is not in short supply.
The most recent to heap praise on the 19 year-old is Barcelona’s manager, Pep Guardiola. The manager, who has led Barcelona to eight trophies since taking over in 2008, is about to sign a contract extension at his club. Speculation had begun however, as to whether Guardiola may try to sign Wilshere for Barca in light of his brilliant performance against his side.
However, the 40 year-old moved to rubbish the rumours, but not before adding his compliments to the players growing number of them:
“He [Wilshere] is a great player – a great player for Arsenal and in any case, Arsene Wenger doesn’t sell his best players.”
He continued to praise Arsenal:
“Arsenal are a wonderful side. You will not hear me discredit Arsenal – they are a great side with a great coach and they will be a very difficult opponent. It will be a great game against a great team.”
His own manager has nothing but good to say about Jack Wilshere. Arsene Wenger likened his playing style to that of Spanish players while applauding how he plays unworried and unfazed by his surroundings and occasion:
“He has a Spanish technique certainly, yes. He has an English heart because he’s an English boy.
“He takes everything at the moment with a cool head, that’s what I like. At his age you want to play and play again and show what you are. What I like as well is he isn’t fazed by the occasion; he’s not inhibited and just plays free off his chest which is fantastic.”
Meanwhile his team mates, both club and country have told how they love to play with him. Fellow Arsenal midfielder Alex Song called him an “unbelievable young player” and he s “very happy to play alongside him”. Song said Wilshere “always want to listen and learn” an invaluable quality in young players.
Wayne Rooney, who has had the privilege of playing with Wilshere for England and will undoubtedly do so in he future too, said after Wilshere’s first start for England:
“I thought Jack Wilshere did really well. He is really composed on the ball and really good to play with. You can see the potential he has got.”
Chelsea’s Frank Lampard echoed Rooney’s comments:
“We have learned that Wilshere can come in and continue showing the composure he plays with for Arsenal. Credit to him on his full debut because it isn’t easy, but he is only going to get better and better now.
The media have given Wilshere rave reviews after watching his performance very closely, and he has been compared to the likes of Manchester United legend Paul Scholes, Wilshere’s Arsenal team mate Cesc Fabregas, and the two Spanish central midfielders Xavi and Iniesta. He is a superb player, and one with a fantastic future. If he continues to improve and showcase his excellent performances on footballs biggest stages, there will be little doubt that in the future, up and coming quality players will be compared to Wilshere himself.
With the Nou Camp coming up, he will have possibly the biggest stage in world football to pull Arsenal through to the final stages of the Champions League.
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