Arsenal youth academy product Wilshire produced a performance full of optimism and endeavour as the Gunners finished 2013 at the top of the Premier League table.
The 21-year-old midfielder has started 14 Premier League games this season, but has battled with a niggling ankle injury sustained in late October. The England international returned to the starting line-up at Newcastle, after missing Arsenal’s previous two matches with a suspension which was given for that rather inappropriate gesture at Manchester City.
Wilshire repaid the support shown by manager Arsene Wenger with a dominant display alongside Flamini. The Arsenal number 10 was the busiest player on the pitch, recording 98 touches, making the most passes - at 71 - with an 83% success rate.
The midfielder dictated the play, springing defensive situations into counter attacks by making three turnover and four successful dribbles, and a further 3 key passes.
Wilshire also protected his defence well when Newcastle went in search of a late equalizer, making four clean tackles and two effective clearances as the momentum started to shift back in the home side’s favour.
Wenger was happy with the midfield protection of the defence, limiting Newcastle to very little chances. he was also the spirit shown by the Gunners.
'We had to dig deep today', the Arsenal manager told Sky Sports.
'I think we controlled the game quite well and we restricted them to basically no chances, but they are a good team', he continued.
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