Former Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur player Danny Murphy told talkSPORT what he likes about the playing style of Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere.
Wilshere has been in good form since he returned for Arsenal towards the end of the Premier League season, and was the shining light as England played out an otherwise boring 0-0 draw against the Republic of Ireland last weekend.
Murphy suggested that Wilshere has a forward thinking style, which will come from the way Arsene Wenger has raised him at the club.
“He turns well, he gets forward – I really like it when someone is trying to be positive – He gets on the ball and he looks forward first whereas players like Henderson and Milner, they’re more legs and get about a bit better,” he said.
The first thought with any Arsenal player when they win back possession and get on the ball is how they can attack and get the ball into the feet of a more creative player or someone in a better position.
Wenger likes a fluent style of passing football, but he’s also a manager who likes his team to be direct in terms of getting the ball forward and into dangerous positions as quickly as possible.
Where Arsenal have perhaps been a little bit guilty in the past is with the defence, which has sometimes pushed too high up the pitch, leaving the team exposed on the counter attack.
Wilshere has a big challenge ahead of him to show his boss why he deserves to be in Arsenal’s starting line-up for their first competitive game next season.
Central midfield is not an area the Gunners are short on options and it’s important Wilshere not only improves his own game, but also looks to inspire and raise the performance levels of others.