Wilshere let his football do the talking against Slovenia, a lesson that should benefit Arsenal next season

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The Arsenal star was phenomenal in England's last game, and Arsenal should be looking to benefit from what should be a confidence building performance.

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere should have learned a valuable lesson from England's recent win over Slovenia, mainly that, affecting football matches with game winning, breathtaking performances is the best way to stay in the good books of the media and the public.

For too much time since the end of the season, much of the talk about Jack Wilshere had nothing to do with his undoubted football ability.

The England man had missed the middle of the campaign with another ankle injury, and found himself out of the starting lineup as Arsenal comfortably secured a third place position in the league at the end of the season.

Even in the FA Cup final against Aston Villa, Wilshere was a substitute only arriving for the last quarter of an hour.

Which is why it was such a shame that the action that caused his FA charge, just as much as the FA Charge itself, had detracted from the struggles of a young player edging his way back from an injury for the umpteenth time.

You can debate whether his actions on the Arsenal bus were right or wrong, although plenty of football fans will see little to be offended at, but really, what people should be talking about was his qualities as a player.

Well it was great to see Wilshere himself grab those headlines and drag them back into a positive light after his phenomenal midfield performance against Slovenia.

Of course, it was only against Slovenia, and not a dominant European side, but the Arsenal man could only excel against what was in front of him, and the 23-year-old shone in central midfield for England quite aside from his two astonishing goals.

The Gunners star was harrying opposition, comfortably dispossessing them and moving the ball forward with purpose at every opportunity, but it was his two superb goals, the second of which came after some of England's best build up play in years, that rightly put him on the back pages for the right reasons.

In fact, his brace was only the second time Wilshere had ever scored more than once in a professional match. The only other time he managed a couple of goals was against Marseille in November 2013.

If nothing else Wilshere will have learned that the best way to keep out of trouble is to take his game to the next level, like he did in his last match for Roy Hodgson's side. Unsurprisingly, Arsene Wenger will be hoping his player has learned that he should invest as much time and energy in changing matches as possible.

If he does that for Arsenal next season, and England in the Euros next summer, and finally becomes the footballer most people know he can be, he'd likely be able to say what he wants on any bus he likes.

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