Mikel Arteta has tried to play down the level of expectation around Jack Wilshere, but admitted he’s exactly the type of player the team needs.
Asked about his midfield companion’s quality at the pre-Bayern press conference, the Spaniard couldn’t help but wax lyrical about Wilshere who will return to the starting XI tomorrow.
“He has been showing his class but we don’t want to put too much pressure on Jack,” he said. “He has been tremendous for us in the last few months.
“The character he’s shown to get back from a very difficult injury and get back to that level of fitness and quality in such a short space of time is unbelievable.
“He’s got that personality, that character, he’s a big winner and we need players like that here.”
Arteta went on to talk about the importance of starting tomorrow night’s game well, something Arsenal haven’t always done this season.
“In the last few big games we have missed the first 20 to 25 minutes and gave the opposition probably too much respect. We want to face a different scenario and get into the game and show that we want to win it.
“It’s massive because if you do then you have a great chance of winning the big games. We know we have to face them from the off.”5,769 views