Revealed: Arsenal star lifts lid on new-found winning tactics

Jack Wilshere was instrumental in Arsenal's Monday triumph, over Aston Villa, and indicated that, had that been a Gunners team of old, they may have lost…

Arsenal star midfielder Jack Wilshere was fundamental to the club's most recent win, a 2-1 victory at Villa Park, over Aston Villa in the Premier League.

In the first half, to paraphrase manager Arsene Wenger, the club played football and exhibited good passing moves, resulting in two killer blows struck within 59 seconds of each other, as Wilshere, then Olivier Giroud, both netted.

However, Villa - led by Christian Benteke - came back in the second half and it is here, to again borrow Wenger's own terminology, where Arsenal displayed their fighting spirit, their desire to preserve the three points.

Speaking to the club's official website, Wilshere mentioned that this was a result they may not have achieved in season's past.

'When I played a few years ago and we were in that situation you could feel the nerves in the team, but now you can see us dealing with it.'

What, though, has sparked that turn-around in defensive confidence?

For Wilshere, it is a case of collective strength, of the team as a unit being aware of their responsibilities at the back and also a case of the right personnel - particularly their centre back combination of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker.

Laurent Koscielny 3.78 1.39 7.06 18 1,549
Per Mertesacker 4.79 3.00 6.42 19 1,710

Wilshere has more: 'We’re getting back, getting bodies around the ball and the centre backs are winning headers and we’re getting on to second balls. When we get the ball down in our own half we’re calm, we know if we have the ball the opposition can’t score. We are dealing with that well and we have to keep that going now.

'They have Benteke and Agbonlahor up front, who are a threat to any centre backs, and our two deserve the credit. They dealt with [Benteke] and dealt with the runs Agbonlahor was making off him as well, so happy days.'

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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