Arsenal star Jack Wilshere won the plaudits yesterday afternoon as his performance during the Gunners’ entertaining 2-2 draw against Manchester City left the Spanish press mesmerised.
The England international has often been criticised for drifting in and out of games of late, with legendary Manchester United star Paul Scholes suggesting the midfielder doesn’t know his best position.
While that could be said, there is little denying that Wilshere is a ‘jack of all trades’ and has the ability to dominate both in a defensive and an attacking midfield role.
Yesterday, with Manchester City lacking the enormous presence of the Ivorian enforcer Yaya Toure, the Citizens were simply overrun on occasions as Wilshere drove his team forward with a number of successful runs.
Throughout the match, the 22-year-old completed a resounding ten successful dribbles and his performance left the Spanish publication El Confidencial singing his praises during their Premier League weekend round-up.
“Wilshere spent almost two years without stepping on a field with an endless injury that seemed like it would cut short the great career of a boy who had become the main hope not just for Arsenal, but in England,” said the report.
“The patience from England and the Gunners never died and Wilshere returned. However, he didn’t appear to be that bright light who was first called to lead the club - then came Manchester City to the Emirates, and the old Wilshere was back.”
“He appeared little during many phases of the game, but the Englishman appeared when most needed, when his team were trailing yet another big game. He got into the area and Clichy - who knows what a great left foot Wilshere has - gave him space on his right. What the Frenchman forgot, however, is that Wilshere has magic as he shifted to his right and sweetly found the net.”
With games against Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea just around the corner, the North Londoners will certainly be hoping that this isn't another false dawn and the former Gunners' star is back to his best for good.