Nou Camp idol Xavi says it’s a shame how many times Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere has suffered with injuries in recent years and claims he has a gift for retaining possession, Sport Magazine report.
Wilshere’s talent is undeniable, yet his injury record has seriously hindered his progress in North London.
Speaking to Sport Magazine, Xavi recalls the first time he faced Wilshere and highlights how the England international has a real gift for passing and retaining possession.
“He played a fantastic game against us [in 2011]. Let’s not forget he was just 20 or 21 years old. It’s just a shame he got injured so many times over the past two years,” Xavi explained.
“If he gets going and a bit of continuity as well, he may make the difference for both Arsenal and the English national team. He is a different kind of English player.
“Even though he has been nourished in a physical type of football, he is really talented, gifted for passing and he does not give the ball away. He does not seem to be English!”
Potential first-team struggle:
During Wilshere’s absence, teammates Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin have struck up a formidable midfield partnership, which is arguably as potent as any other in the Premier League.
Wilshere is a real favourite among Arsenal supporters at Emirates Stadium, yet his absence has been significantly softened by the club’s impressive form in his stead.
While he must be delighted with the Gunners’ performances of late, the 23-year-old must also be wary that he may face an uphill battle in winning his place back upon his return from injury.