Arsenal manager left 'stunned' by Wilshere

Wenger revels in quality of midfielder's opening goal against Marseille.

Jack Wilshere’s fourth goal of the season for Arsenal against Marseille was certainly his best, and even Gunners boss Arsene Wenger admitted he was taken aback.

Wilshere struck after just 29 seconds against the Ligue 1 outfit as Arsenal all-but sealed their place in the last-16 of the Champions League on Wednesday night.

It was a goal of world-class quality from the young England midfielder, who charged down the right channel before cutting inside and smacking a shot past Steve Mandanda.

So good was it, in fact, that even his manager was left gob-smacked.

“It demands vision, it demands calmness, it demands quality execution and he had all that in that goal,” Wenger told Arsenal player. “I would say his [first goal was] absolutely stunning.

“I must say I was even surprised by the way he took that goal.

“That shows his belief in his finishing has gone up a lot.

“We have him and [Aaron] Ramsey who can score now and that’s a huge improvement. Before we had Ramsey, two goals per year and Wilshere, two goals per year. To see them scoring goals is magnificent.”

Wenger is faced with just about the perfect situation: two of the Premier League’s midfielders – Wilshere and Ramsey – learning from each other and scoring goals as well as creating them.

Wales international Ramsey has already found the net a remarkable 13 times in 24 matches this season. Last season, he played 52 times and managed only two goals.

Together, Wilshere and Ramsey epitomise Arsenal’s play this season: confident, carrying a greater goal-threat than they have done in years and displaying a new resilience.

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