Jack Wilshere’s first goal since returning from injury not only helped Arsenal on their way to the knockout stages of the Champions League but also earned the young midfielder praise from both Arsene Wenger and Laurent Koscielny.
The 20-year-old, much like the rest of midfield, was made to work hard in the first half by an energetic Montpellier, but after latching onto Olivier Giroud’s knock down to open the scoring just after the break the England international grew in confidence.
Reflecting on Jack’s performance in the post-game press conference the boss admitted that it took a little time for his young charge to find his feet.
“He had a difficult start in the game and after that he got stronger and stronger. You could see after the goal he was more confident. I don’t worry too much about his confidence levels, because that is one of his strengths.”
Asked if Wilshere’s goal was a sign of things to come, Wenger continued:
“He should not be too obsessed by that. He defended well, he is the kind of player who has to be a complete midfielder not purely an offensive player. I am quite happy with his performance because the goals will come naturally.
“I don’t know [if he’s back to his best. For example, in our last game against Tottenham, I felt after 60 minutes that he lacked a bit of petrol. I didn’t feel that here. He didn’t drop his level so he must not be far away from being at his best. I still have to manage him in the right way and not overload him with games.”
Koscielny, rarely one for superfluous adjectives, added: “I’m very happy because Jack lost more than a year with injury.
“He’s a very good player. He’s young and has a long career in front of him. He played well for the team and it’s good he scored.”4,298 views