Barton: Arsenal midfielder can be 'world class'

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Is anchoring the midfield the best position for Jack Wilshere at Arsenal?

England manager Roy Hodgson selected Jack Wilshere in a holding role for England, one which may just be his long-term future at Arsenal.

Wilshere played at the base of a midfield diamond supporting Jordan Henderson, Fabian Delph and Raheem Sterling.

The 22-year-old played his part in England's clean sheet as they defeated Switzerland 2-0 away from home. 

Outspoken midfielder Joey Barton was impressed with aspects of the Arsenal man's game, and went as far to suggest that if given time in the position, Wilshere could be 'world class'.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is seemingly of the same opinion as Barton regarding Wilshere, in the long-term, stating last season:

"I believe a deep-lying midfielder or wide [is his best role]. Higher up, he’s less comfortable at the moment. He doesn’t like to have his back to goal. He likes to face the game.

"Jack has a burst to pass people with ball at his feet and from deep he does that very well."

As it transpired, some of Wilshere's best performances came in the number 10 role when Mesut Ozil was out injured last season, but mainly he has simply had to fit in as and where required.

With Mikel Arteta club captain and a regular starter anchoring the midfield, Wilshere is unlikely to be deployed in the same position as he was for England on a weekly basis any time soon, and will have to continue his quest to become 'world class' where Arsene Wenger sees as his fit for this 2014/15 Arsenal side.

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