Spurs legend Hoddle makes interesting comment on Arsenal's Jack Wilshere

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Current QPR coach Glenn Hoddle suggests Jack Wilshere will be better off from an injury perspective in a holding midfield role.

Jack Wilshere continued to assert himself in a holding midfield role for England this week, starring in a 3-1 win over Scotland.

The Arsenal midfielder was on the substitute's bench for all three group stage games at the World Cup. It was a backwards step on three years previous when he was a starter, having seen his career set back by injury.

He has fought his way into Arsenal's team this campaign, having also started the FA Cup Final on the bench, and importantly has managed to stay fit.

Former England boss Glenn Hoddle believes that the switch of position at international level, if applied for his club, can lengthen his career.

He told ITV: "He's playing the ball a lot earlier than when in an attacking role. I think he'll get less injuries as well."

With the onus of getting the attack moving resting on him, Wilshere, by playing deeper, has more motivation to pass the ball.

When he gets the ball in a number 10 role, he likes to try to dribble towards goal to make space and then play his pass, increasing the risk he will be tackled and potentially injured.

Wilshere's brittle nature makes him a worry for Arsenal fans every time he goes down injured, and with his performances on the field in the deeper role being strong, it's extra reason for Arsene Wenger to experiment playing him in the position.

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