The playing ability of burgeoning midfield talent Jack Wilshere, 21, has been lauded by the Arsenal starlet's team-mate Santi Cazorla.
A diminutive maker of plays, Cazorla has heralded Wilshere as a difference-maker for the Gunners and the England national football team as he has a midfield capability that is comparable to the elite-level Spaniards such as Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta, Javi Garcia, Isco and Cesc Fabregas.
'Jack is a spectacular player,' said Santi, as initially reported by The Sun on Sunday. 'He is the present and future, not just of Arsenal but the England team too. He can definitely play to the level of the word-class Spanish players.'
Indeed, against Stoke City, Wilshere completed 86% of his passes, almost half of which were made in the final third of the pitch. He created two clear-cut chances, was unafraid of taking a shot on goal and his overall statistics for the Premier League season to date are already impressive.
Wilshere, after five games and 316 minutes of pitch-time, has played a total of 216 passes (89% of which were successful), he has made 19 recoveries, won 100% of his tackles and has created seven chances.
What is perhaps worrying for the opposition is that club manager Arsene Wenger believes the player has not yet even reached 100% match fitness but, when he does, fans will see the peak form of the player.
'For Jack, I think it is more a fitness problem than anything else, but that will come back much quicker. Fitness-wise Jack is between 80-90% of his potential,' Wenger said, as quoted by the Independent.
'For the rest, he has not a lot to learn - he understands the game, can play anywhere, defensive midfield, central midfield. he is a complete player.'
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