The Arsenal academy product and his long-time manager have lifted the lid on the roots of Jack's new-found form in front of goal.
The contagious effect of Aaron Ramsey's inspirational form, combined with a natural maturing of his own game where he is playing with more composure on the ball, are the two reasons behind Jack Wilshere's new-found goal-scoring form according to both the player himself and his manager Arsene Wenger.
Arsenal put Olympique Marseille to the sword on Tuesday, November 26 as they defeated the Ligue 1 side by two goals to nil in match-day five of the Champions League and it was Wilshere who supplied both goals for the Gunners.
'I liked his first goal because before he'd rush a little bit,' said Wenger, as quoted by the club's official website. 'He's starting to think 'what Ramsey can do, I can do as well', the first goal shows that. What Ramsey has done puts in Jack's mind that he has to score as well. If you're a midfielder you want to score goals.'
Ramsey has been in superb form this season and has returned a goal or assist once every 102 minutes in all competitions.
Prior to Wilshere's full-time graduation to the senior squad, he played as an attack-minded midfielder and yielded a number of technically-exceptional goals in the reserves in 2008. Five years on and the player, now 21, is becoming an integral part of Arsenal's defensive and offensive play.
Wilshere, who wants to return double-digit goals this campaign, told Arsenal Player recently: 'As you've seen with Aaron [Ramsey] this year, you grow up a little bit and you relax in front of goal. There's something that clicks when you grow and learn. When you're 19 and you're just getting into the team you want to do well and you're too busy trying to impress, to keep the ball, [to make sure you] don't lose the ball and trying to fit in the team.
'Once you get older and [more] comfortable, players around you trust you. You get a little bit fitter as well, you can get forward a bit more and when you’re in front of goal you've watched players in the past and you’ve learned from your past mistakes. You relax and that's the only way you're going to do well.
'It's hard to put your finger on it but I've set myself a target of 10 goals this season and I'm only at four so hopefully I can keep going.'
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