Jack Wilshere has been an inspiration since his return from his length spell on the side lines, but Santi Cazorla has admitted he never had even heard of the Arsenal starlet prior to his move to North London in the summer.
The youngster became a household name during 2010/11 after a stellar debut campaign in the Premier League elevated Wilshere to the English national team, however he then suffered 14 months on the sidelines due to an ankle stress fracture and other set backs, but has since returned better than ever.
Cazorla has hailed their new-found midfield partnership and believes Arsenal’s 21-year-old star has the recipe to be a spectacular talent and is a ‘complete footballer’.
The Spanish attacker told Arsenal Player.
He adds something extra and I’m gradually getting to know his style of play better. His way of playing complements my own; in fact, we play in similar positions and that makes it easier for us to establish a greater understanding every day.
As I’ve said, he adds that little bit more that we need in many of our games. His return from injury was a great plus for the Club and we all hope he can maintain the level he’s at because he’s very good.
I didn’t know much about him when I came to the Club because he hasn’t been around for very long. He surprised me because he is such a complete footballer.
He’s young and has a spectacular future ahead of him and he’s also got a lot of room to mature and develop. I have no doubt that he’s going to be even more important here in the future.
Wilshere has operated well in the more advanced role which saw Cazorla shift out wide to the left for the recent Premier League fixture against Aston Villa. The move allowed for the more physical partnership of Diaby and Arteta which could potentially thrive once the Frenchman returns to the form he demonstrated earlier in the season.
With Wilshere and Cazorla playing centrally you have a very potent attacking lineup, with plenty of class and skill through the middle but it leaves Arsenal vulnerable with both the stars not the tallest midfielders and both attacking minded. But the two are developing a better understanding which is starting to show in their slick passing and movement in recent matches, lets hope the duo can rip apart the Spuds this weekend.