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Wenger: Jack shouldn't change

Arsene Wenger has rejected suggestions Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere needs to change his game to protect himself from injury problems.

Last Updated: 11/02/13 at 09:13 Post Comment

Arsene Wenger: Believes Wilshere does not have to change his style

Arsene Wenger: Believes Wilshere does not have to change his style

Wenger was left unhappy by several heavy challenges on the England international during the Gunners' 1-0 win at Sunderland on Saturday, with the midfielder limping out of the game in the 50th minute.

However, the manager insists it is up to the referees to protect Wilshere and does not believe the 21-year-old should have to adapt his natural swashbuckling style.

The French boss has drawn comparisons with Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, who he feels does not have to alter his game for the sake of his fitness.

Wenger said: "It is true the way Jack plays can take its toll.

"But that's his game and he has to take that gamble.

"His game is to take the ball and go at people. Messi does that as well and he plays without being injured.

"You can only make a career with the strong aspect of your game and that's his strength."

He added: "He will be a marked man but you do not want to say 'Don't play like you play'.

"Play like you play, like who you are and express yourself and the way you feel.

"That is the most important thing. But I don't want to talk too much about that as I don't want to give him paranoia.

"He has to be natural and play his game and it is down to the referees to protect him."

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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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