Wilshere hasn’t experienced his finest campaign with the Gunners this season, spending large parts of the past 12 months sidelined with injury and enduring speculation over his future.
In his absence, the likes of Santi Cazorla, Francis Coquelin and Aaron Ramsey were playing so well in the middle it has prompted concerns over Wilshere’s role at the club heading forward.
Many observers feel he needs to change his style of play to ensure longevity, though Wilshere wants to retain his strongest attributes and highlights Spurs hero Gascoigne as an idol with a similar plying style.
“Football-wise, I definitely look up to him. He’s a fantastic player, one of those players who had natural talent, so I definitely look up to him and am looking forward to seeing the film,” Wilshere said.
“I know one thing for sure that he was one of the best ever English players. Similar to the way I like to play, he liked to pick up the ball and run with it. He’s definitely someone on the pitch I would look up to.”
Does Jack Wilshere need to curb his playing style?
To avoid further injuries, it has been suggested that the England international modifies his playing ways and cuts out those marauding runs from deep.
However, in doing so Wilshere would perhaps be removing his greatest attribute in the middle of the park – though herein lies the argument regarding his best position.
If he is to become a deep-lying playmaker in the mould of Michael Carrick, then cutting out those runs and distributing possession quicker will be a must to succeed.
On the other hand, if he’s played further forward, such as Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta, then successful dribbling will be a key weapon to have in his armoury and one which can be hugely beneficial for the team.