West Ham fans shouldn't get carried away by Arsene Wenger's Jack Wilshere comparisons

Arsenal's French manager Arsene Wenger (R) talks with midfielder Jack Wilshere during a training session at the club's complex in London Colney on May 2, 2018 on the eve of their UEFA...

West Ham United is said to have a player who possesses similar qualities to those of France superstar Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi - but it's a bit far-fetched.

Arsenal's French manager Arsene Wenger (R) gives last minute instructions to Arsenal's English midfielder Jack Wilshere (L) in the dying minutes of the UEFA Champions League qualifying...

That's according to former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who caused a stir earlier this month when he told beIN Sports that West Ham free transfer signing Jack Wilshere has similar qualities to the World Cup star.

But Hammers fans shouldn't be getting carried away.

Wilshere has signed a three-year deal with West Ham in one of the most high profile transfers of the summer so far.

The Hammers were one of a number of clubs linked with a move for Wilshere, but it was new West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini who won the race for the 26-year-old midfielder after he left the Gunners on July 1.

The signing of boyhood Hammer Wilshere has stirred debate in footballing circles over how much Wilshere has left to offer.

Many - including Jamie Redknapp - believe it is a great move for West Ham and the player.

Jack Wilshere speaks during an England press conference session at St Georges Park on March 20, 2018 in Burton-upon-Trent, England.

Others feel he should have tested himself abroad.

But most West Ham fans are happy the midfielder has signed for them, and they will be even more excited after recent comments from Arsene Wenger.

Wenger managed Wilshere at Arsenal and has compared him to Barcelona great Lionel Messi in the past. Now he has likened Wilshere to France star Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi in an interview with beIN Sports.

Kylian Mbappe of France battles for possession with Moussa Dembele of Belgium during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between Belgium and France at Saint Petersburg Stadium...

"Jack Wilshere is a playmaker," Wenger told beIN Sports.

"He makes me think about Mbappe because I played him at 17 years of age because he was an exceptional talent.

"He's an exceptional player, he can pass people, he can give a final ball, he has a fantastic football brain. He can take pressure believe me."

But West Ham fans shouldn't get carried away by Wenger's rather lofty comparisons. Any football fan would concede Wilshere is nowhere near the level of a Messi or a Mbappe.

If he is half the player then the Hammers would have managed one of the deals of the decade.

But the midfielder just needs to focus on staying fit and getting back to his best on a regular basis.

Wenger's praise should be taken with a pinch of salt, too, after all he was the manager who loaned out Wilshere to a fellow Premier League club.

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