Arsenal latest: Wilshere reveals new role models, 'next Fabregas' linked

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It was a positive night for Arsenal on the international front, as new signing Danny Welbeck grabbed both goals in England's 2-0 win over Switzerland. Welbeck wasn't the only player to feature in Roy Hodgson's side though, as midfielder Jack Wilshere played in more of a holding role alongside Jordan Henderson and Fabian Delph. Wilshere doesn't often play as deep as he did in Basel on Monday, and he says he wants to base his game on the likes of Andrea Pirlo and Javier Mascherano.

"I spoke with the manager and Gary Neville in the week and they told me they wanted me to play that role and I quite enjoyed it," Wilshere said. "It was my first time ever playing there, so over the next month or so I am going to look at a few videos of the game and of players who play in that position regularly - Pirlo, Mascherano and players like that and I'll get better. I felt it went well tonight but next time we meet up I feel it can only go better."

The signing of Welbeck is a welcome boost to an Arsenal frontline which has recently seen Olivier Giroud become its latest absentee. The French international will be out until the start of 2015 with a broken ankle, and ex-Gunners vice chairman David Dein believes that Welbeck will thrive playing up front for Arsenal having been pushed out wide at Manchester United, and also backed the 24-year-old to fit in well with Arsenal's current side.

"It will do him the world of good. It’s about confidence," said Dein. "I know Arsene’s bought him with the intention of playing him as a striker and strikers live on goals. His price has probably gone up."

"Arsene’s got a lovely phrase – the only thing certain about a big signing is a big salary to go with it. That doesn’t guarantee you the success. It’s all about a team effort. You have got to get the team working together, it’s about bonding."

Finally, the transfer window may have closed but that hasn't stopped transfer rumours surrounding Arsenal's targets for the January transfer window. The latest name to be linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium is Barcelona midfielder Sergi Samper. The 19-year-old has been tipped to be the next Cesc Fabregas, and he would do that comparison no harm by making the same move from Catalunya to North London. A £9.5m fee has been mentioned, but with Xavi in his last season at the Camp Nou, it may be difficult to convince Samper to leave.

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