Arsene Wenger accepts that Jack Wilshere will never be a regular goal scorer but he insists the midfielder has the capability to score despite the fact he hasn’t registered in the Premier League this term.
Citing the example of former captain Cesc Fabregas, who took years to become a serious threat in and around the penalty area, the boss paid tribute to Wilshere’s willingness to carry the ball in the final third as an important quality.
“I believe it’s part of his development to play a bit more advanced,” Wenger is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
“In some games, he is more comfortable deeper. I believe he has a little dribble that can get him through in the final third and the finishing will come.
“He’s a bit in a situation like (Cesc) Fabregas was for a while. He said to me ‘but I cannot score goals’, however you could see that it would come.
“Jack doesn’t talk about it, but who doesn’t want to score goals? He is more a team player than a goalscorer.
“He will never be a goalscorer, but he can be capable to score.”
Speaking ahead of the North London derby Wenger also refused to be drawn on how Wilshere’s influence compares to that of Spurs’ in-form chimp boy Bale.
Making clear that his only job was to get Jack to maximise his potential, he continued:
“Bale is the flavour of the moment. When you look at Wilshere, who will deny that this guy will get 100 caps for England? Nobody, if he has no injury.
“My worry is not to compare Wilshere with anyone else. My only worry when you are a footballer player of that talent is to become as good as you can become.
“That is the only thing that is of interest to me. I leave the comparisons to other people. My job is to get the best out of him.”
It’s certainly fair to say that if there is a criticism of Jack this season, and let’s be honest such suggestions are few and far between, it’s that he could on occasion take the responsibility to shoot more often than he does.
While being unselfish is one thing, as his goal against Swansea showed, he has the ability to be clinical playing off the strikers. Unlike Cesc it doesn’t look as though the penalty or free-kick responsibilities will fall to him anytime soon, but Arseblog News still think he should be aiming for ten goals a season at least.3,386 views