Where Wilshere bettered Hazard: Wenger on two key reasons

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been explaining Jack Wilshere's improvement, which led to him outdoing Eden Hazard in terms of dribbling.

Jack Wilshere illustrated his return to form, with an impressive goal against reigning champions Manchester City at the weekend.

He also managed to make 10 successful dribbles, more than any Premier League midfielder has made in a single game this season, bettering the three best tallies posted by Chelsea's Eden Hazard.

  MatchMatchdayWon Dribbles
Jack Wilshere Arsenal vs Man City 04 10
Eden Hazard Burnley vs Chelsea 01 9
Eden Hazard Chelsea vs Swansea 04 9
Eden Hazard Chelsea vs Leicester 02 6
William Buckley Sunderland vs Man Utd 02 5
Santiago Cazorla Arsenal vs Crystal Palace 01 5
Fabian Delph Aston Villa vs Newcastle 02 5
Erik Lamela Spurs vs QPR 02 5
Raheem Sterling Liverpool vs Southampton 01 5

He is beginning to step out of the shadow of teammate Aaron Ramsey, and showing he can take a serious step forward this season in becoming the player he has long been billed to be.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes the only reason the 22-year-old has taken a step back from the heights expected of him, have injuries, with Wilshere missing the entire 2011/12 season.

The Frenchman has given two detailed examples of where Wilshere's game had been held back since returning from injury, and discussed how he feels he has overcome them.

He told Arsenal.com: "I believe for a long time he didn't kick the ball well because of his ankle.

"Now in training he kicks the ball well and he works on his finishing. Not excessively because first he's a midfielder and you want him to give good balls."

He added that he believes arguably just as vital to Wilshere's burgeoning resurgence is the return of speed to his game.

"He looked dangerous in the first half as well because he has found his pace back. That for a while was not the case so I'm very happy."

It is this extra pace which allows Wilshere to drive forward, and dribble past his opponent and make the Arsenal attack difficult to deal with.

He will need to continue his form against Borussia Dortmund this week in the Champions League, and continue to prove his outspoken critics wrong.

Register for ARSENAL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch