Wenger: Wilshere close to best

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reckons Jack Wilshere is ahead of schedule in rediscovering top form after a long injury absence.

Last Updated: 10/12/12 at 06:10 Post Comment

Jack Wilshere: Midfielder was a star performer in Arsenal's 2-0 weekend win

Jack Wilshere: Midfielder was a star performer in Arsenal's 2-0 weekend win

The 20-year-old England international has fought his way back from a series of

problems that sidelined him for the whole of last season.

He produced an all-action display at the heart of the Arsenal team in Saturday's 2-0 win over West Brom at Emirates Stadium and Wenger has been buoyed by his return to a beleaguered side.

"This is the first time I see him very, very close to the player he is," Wenger said of his performance against West Brom.

"We have to see if he has no reaction. It was good to leave at home in midweek (for the Champions League tie at Olympiakos) to give him a breather from time to time.

"But when he plays at that level, and you are under the pressure we are under to win the games, it is difficult to leave him out.

"Jack analyses his game well and is very demanding with himself, he works hard in training.

"The surprising thing for me is that he is (ahead of schedule). I expected him to be back at his best next year, in February. He looks (almost back to his best) much earlier than I expected him to be."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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