Stats: Wilshere's outstanding performance against Manchester City

Jack Wilshere

The Arsenal midfielder was on top form as the Gunners drew 2-2 with the Premier League champions.

After an excellent display for England a week ago, Jack Wilshere put in perhaps his best performance in an Arsenal shirt in the 2-2 draw with Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium.

Wilshere featured alongside Aaron Ramsey and Mathieu Flamini in the middle of the park against City, and frequently outclassed the Premier League champions' midfielders.

He picked up a goal and an assist as well as the man of the match award as the Gunners battled to win a point.

  MinsTouchesTotal passesPass accuracy (%)Forward passesDribblesSuccessful dribblesChances createdAssists
Jack Wilshere 90 95 65 78.46 27 14 10 2 1

Much of the debate surrounding Wilshere prior to the game was concerning his best position - is he a number 10 or better suited to the holding role in which he starred for England?

The answer seems to be a bit of both. The 22-year-old was all over the pitch against City, finishing just behind Ramsey in touches and passes completed and leading the team in forward passes.

What separates Wilshere from his club and country's other central midfielders is his ability to pick the ball up on the edge of his own box and drive past defenders, initiating counter attacks.

He certainly stood out in that respect against City. While Ramsey often sat back and focused on retaining possession, Wilshere looked to bomb forward and was Arsenal's main driving force. His 14 attempted dribbles led the side, and he went past his opponent an outstanding ten times.

Wilshere's goal epitomised his performance as a whole. He drove at the Manchester City defence, and after picking the ball up in the box he ghosted past Gael Clichy and chipped the ball over Joe Hart.

It was a goal of great pace, power and finesse, and a real showcase of the England international at his best.

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