Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has been labelled as a major threat on Saturday by Arsenal midfielder and fellow England international teammate Jack Wilshere.
The former Everton academy product has always been one of the star players at Old Trafford, but his responsibility in recent months has certainly gone up a notch.
Following the exit of Nemanja Vidic and the retirement of Steven Gerrard from England duty, Rooney was named both club and country captain and he has taken to his new role admirably.
In contrast, on the international stage he has been leading the line for his nation, and his recent goal glut of five strikers in four matches has impressed England teammate Wilshere.
The Gunners midfielder has earmarked Rooney as a major danger on Saturday and warned the Emirates outfit that he is looking sharp in front of goal.
“He’s looking sharp,” Wilshere told Arsenal.com. “The main thing that I always notice about Rooney is his love for the game. He’s still got that. In the last 18 months he’s probably got that even more.”
“You can see that he really loves the game, he enjoys being out there and he’s got his goalscoring form back, so we’ll have to watch out for him on Saturday.”
Both United and the Gunners have struggled for consistency so far this season, and it appears that both sides suffer from a leaky defence.
A number of notable defensive absentees are missing for the clash in North London on Saturday and as a result many observers feel a high-scoring game could be on the cards.