Arsene Wenger believes Jack Wilshere is back to his best but feels the midfielder is wasted in his current role for the national side.
Wilshere played as a holding midfielder for England in the European qualifiers and although he received acclaim for his performance, Wenger feels Jack’s traits are more suited to a forward role.
Jack is not a ball-winner. I believe he is more a guy you want to get close to the final third, [if you] keep him deep you take a big part of his efficiency away.
He is a guy who likes to penetrate when there are many people – he can provoke free-kicks, he can create openings. It would be detrimental to his strengths [to play in a position that] is not his strength.
Wenger also added that he is proud of Arsenal’s representation in England. As many as five Arsenal players featured in England’s games against Estonia and San Marino.
First of all [the reason for it is that] we gave chances to players from our academy. I cannot say the Danny Welbeck situation was planned for five years.
I try to buy the best English players, Walcott and Chambers are a consequence of that. They know if they are good they get a chance. I am very proud when I see five England players wearing the Arsenal shirt and that we still have Walcott, who was not there.
Arsene’s quite right, Jack is not physically imposing or tactically shrewd enough yet to play in that holding position. His strengths are his dribbling, creativity and the final pass. You don’t want him chasing behind, tackling players, biting opponents, kicking faces.