Wenger positive on Wilshere’s performance, coy on his contract

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Having declared his team ‘frozen‘ in the first half last night’s 3-3 draw with Liverpool, Arsene Wenger had praise for Jack Wilshere as one of the only players who avoided that during the opening 45 minutes.

The Gunners were lucky to go in just one goal down, having granted Jurgen Klopp’s side numerous chances to score. However, the manager still had time to give credit to the midfielder for the way he played.

“I think he is one of the players who played with quality in the first half, determination,” he said.

“Jack is never frozen, but what he did in the second half was like the rest of the team, I liked what he did. He’s better now than he was in the last two or three years.

“I think he is positive overall and is in a very good shape at the moment.”

Asked if his performances in recent weeks might help with a new contract, the Frenchman continued, “It might, we will see.

“But as well I think we had four players tonight who have been educated at our academy, with Bellerin, Iwobi and Wilshere they are certainly the only ones at the top, but basically we want to keep these players.”

For more on last night, read today’s Arseblog: 5 minutes of fun can’t mask the frustration

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