Jack Wilshere has been sensational during the just concluded international break. The England international will however have to rethink his most preferred role if at all the recent international games are anything to go by.
The Arsenal midfielder has won four consecutive Man of The Match awards against Estonia, San Marino, Slovenia and Scotland after being deployed in a deeper lying midfield role by Roy Hodgson.
However, club manager Arsene Wenger insists on playing Wilshere upfront in a more advanced role due to his quick passes and his fancy little bit of play that more often than not leads to a goal or the creation of a goal.
The 22-year old revealed that he has spoken to Wenger about it but the gaffer remains reluctant to play him in defensive midfield.
“I wouldn’t mind playing there for Arsenal,’ said Wilshere. ‘I’ve already spoken to the manager about it and he doesn’t see me playing that holding role just yet. That’s his decision.”
Arsenal have two defensive midfielders in Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini but the former is out injured, leaving Flamini as the only fit player to shell the back four.
Wilshere confessed he knew he would only get better after playing in that position for the first time against Switzerland in September:
“This is probably the best I’ve played for England and I’m enjoying it. I said after the first game against Switzerland that I’d only get better. It was my first game in that role. The main thing is the coaches are getting their points across.”
Regardless of where he plays, Wilshere’s contribution on Saturday against Manchester United will go a long way in determining the result of the match.