Stats: Wilshere shows for England why he can be Arsenal's holding player

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere showcased for England what he could do for Arsenal next season.

Jack Wilshere was handed a start for England’s final World Cup game against Costa Rica and he didn’t disappoint, with an impressive display of gutsy defensive midfield football.

Wilshere has a big challenge ahead of him to force his way into Arsenal’s starting midfield next season with Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil likely to hold the central and attacking midfield positions, forming the spine of Arsene Wenger’s side.

However, Wilshere proved against Costa Rica that he can be effective from a deeper position, potentially giving Arsene Wenger one or two ideas about how to include him next season.

  CountryPosPassing AccuracyBall RecoveryTouchesDuel WonAppsMins
Jack Wilshere England MF 84.85% 6 48 4 1 73
 2013/2014 Season ClubPosPassing AccuracyPercentage of Tackles WonAppsMins
Mathieu Flamini Arsenal MF 91.47% 64.10% 27 1,604

What Wilshere did well was where he worked hard to make sure England won possession back as quickly as possible.

His ball recovery rate was impressive and shows he’s working hard off the ball, just as much as when he’s looking to pierce the opposition defence in possession. That’s supported by the four individual duels he won against Costa Rica, which prove his core strength is very impressive for a smaller player.

When he did have possession against Costa Rica, he was a hair’s width away from feeding Daniel Sturridge a couple of superb through balls but he protected the ball well with a passing accuracy of 84.85%.

He also did well when he didn’t have the ball against Costa Rica, working hard in terms of his position to make sure he always gave the defence and his fellow midfielders an option.

The 48 touches of the ball he had won’t be the highest number at this World Cup, but he made himself available when his teammates were under pressure during the game.

Wilshere made 11 appearances as a holding player for the Gunners last season and it’s a role he seems to be growing increasingly used to

With plenty of suggestions over players who can improve the area in front of Arsenal’s back four, the Gunners already have a star well suited to the role and he proved that on the biggest stage of all yesterday.

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