After a great performance against Manchester City over the weekend, Jack Wilshere has received praise from his manager, Arsene Wenger. Wilshere leveled scores for Arsenal after Manchester City had gone ahead through a Sergio Aguero goal. He also made the assist which led to Alexis Sanchez’s goal for the Gunners in a thrilling 2-2 premier league encounter.
A lot of football pundits most notably former Manchester United player, Paul Scholes had questioned the progress and development of the 22- year-old and Wenger believes Jack’s performance on Saturday is the perfect response to all the criticisms which has been thrown the way of the young player
‘The best place to answer critics is on the pitch,’
‘That’s what Jack did, but I don’t believe we can explain his good performance through the criticism of Paul Scholes.
‘But you have to respond to critics when you’re in a public job. You have accept criticism, go on the pitch and show you have the talent.
‘The most important thing is to go show how good you are.
‘Jack finished with his right foot and chipped a goalkeeper who knows him well. I’m very happy with that way he finished.
‘He looked dangerous in the first half as well because he has found his pace again. I’m very happy.’
Further speaking about Wilshere’s role and best position on the pitch which has often been a subject of debate, the Frenchman said:
‘Jack was always a boy who was at his most dangerous in the final third. That’s why I prefer him to play higher up the pitch,’ Wenger said.
‘One of his qualities is penetrating in the final third, but I’m not against him being defensive. He can do both because he is a good footballer.
‘For a long time he didn’t kick the ball well because of his ankle injury.
‘The big difference now is that he stays on the feet, whereas before for a while when he was not as confident to push on his ankle he would go down.
‘Now he has that solid aspect to the game he had before he was injured.’