The England international had an outstanding game in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Manchester City on Saturday, scoring the Gunners’ equaliser and setting up Alexis Sanchez stunning volley in the second half.
The French manager says that he is happy Wilshere has shown he can deal with the criticism and has responded to the likes of Paul Scholes.
According to Sky Sports, he said:
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.
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.
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. 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.
The youngster has carried enormous expectation since breaking into the Gunners first team and was considered to be the most gifted Englishman of his generation, which is some burden to bear. Due to his limited contributions to England’s disastrous World Cup campaign, many pundits were queuing up to write him off as a talent wasted.
However, he was outstanding against City demonstrating why he was once heralded as the future of the Arsenal and England midfield. He topped off the goal and assist with the man of the match award, which he thoroughly deserved. He seems to have everything at his best, as he is strong on the ball and in the tackle, blessed with wonderful passing and capable of a remarkable turn of pace.
He was Arsenal’s best midfielder and despite scoring three goals, Ramsey’s performances have fallen well short of the blistering box-to-box displays of last season. It’s been a strong start to the season, but we’ve seen flashes of form from Wilshere in the past. His problem is consistency and hopefully he will stay fit and continue to stay on top of his game.
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