Arsenal's Jack Wilshere watching videos of 'ridiculous' Liverpool icon in training

The England midfielder is trying to learn from Xabi Alonso.

Jack Wilshere says he is watching videos of Xabi Alonso in action in an attempt to train himself as a holding midfielder.

Alonso, a Liverpool icon after helping the Reds lift the Champions League trophy in 2005, recently left Real Madrid for Bayern Munich, where he has made a seamless transition to Bundesliga football.

And Arsenal & England midfielder Wilshere admits he is looking to the Spaniard for inspiration by watching videos of him on his Ipad.

“I have been watching Xabi Alonso on video in the past couple of weeks. He had a record number of passes in one game, 200 in one match, which is ridiculous," the Gunners midfielder told reporters.

“Watching players like him and Andrea Pirlo you learn how intelligent they are on the ball. In that role it’s important to understand that if you lose the ball the opposition are in a dangerous position to counter-attack.

“You learn how they use the ball and you learn when it’s a good time to dribble or sometimes pass. I enjoy playing that role. I enjoy getting on the ball and starting attacks.

“I get clips of Alonso through on my iPad. The analyst guys here send them to me and they highlight some of his key points, his key strengths. It’s a 20- to 25-minute package."

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