Jack Wilshere, a home grown Arsenal talent, is one of the most versatile and talented young midfielders in the world. At just 22, not only is he a regular for the Arsenal team, but also for the English national side. With a clear and calm mind and a great eye for a pass, this midfielder has a poise and maturity far beyond his years, and in a recent interview he revealed one of the steps to his success.
Wilshere revealed that he had been watching and studying from the games of Italian legend Andrea Pirlo as well as Argentine workhorse Javier Mascherano. He is doing this to further improve his game and help him on the path to becoming an all round player. Naturally a player who shines when going forward, he is a great passer and it makes sense that he would idolize the likes of Pirlo.
We all know what Pirlo can do. Everyone respects him and he gets a lot of praise for his use of the ball and the way he keeps it and brings other players into the game.
He starts the attacks and he doesn’t get a lot of plaudits for that but if you look [closely] a lot of Italy’s goals start with him.
Meanwhile, the national team chooses to employ Wilshere in a more defensive role, putting him at the base of a diamond formation midfield. To adapt his game accordingly, he is looking into the techniques of Javier Mascherano.
Mascherano was fantastic in the World Cup final. It was 0-0 until extra-time against a strong German team and a lot of their players come forward from midfield – they haven’t really got a striker – and he dealt with them fantastically.
I’ve learned that Mascherano’s defensive side of the game is something I’ve got to aspire to and look into a little bit more.
Some pundits predict that Wilshere will eventually become a defensive midfielder, but the player himself has not made a decision yet. Nor does he intend to, seemingly content to let Arsene Wenger make the decision for him.
It’s down to him at the end of the day. He knows what I can do and he knows that I’m ready to play there.
I played on the right wing last year, I played on the left wing and I played in the middle so I’ll play anywhere for this club and I think I could do a job in there as well.
Clearly the player enjoys being used as a wildcard and he has shown his effectiveness at a variety of roles. Arsene Wenger himself seems content to let him be versatile, using his creativity to exploit weak spots in the oppositions defence. Whatever the final decision regarding his position, this is an exciting player who is a pleasure to watch anywhere on the pitch.