Arsene Wenger says Jack Wilshere is defying those who doubted he could return to the form that saw him become a regular for England in his younger years.
The 26-year-old scored his first Premier League goal for two and a half years when he put the Gunners ahead against Chelsea in Wednesday’s night’s 2-2 draw at the Emirates and the boss now believes he’s once again worthy of selection.
“I think he is at the level now where not many people expected him to be,” Wenger told his post-game press conference.
“When was the last time he played for England? Exactly, against Iceland [at Euro 2016], he came on.
“Since he has not played for England and I would say that means that everybody had given up on him.
“Today, nobody would be surprised if he was selected again. So that means instances of us being criticised for that, I think first of all he deserves a great credit for remarkable strength and we do as well.”
For his part, Wilshere says he enjoyed the atmosphere at the Emirates. Taking to social media he tweeted:
Fair to say i enjoyed that! I told you on this team we fight till the end. Important we didn't give up and got the point. Thanks to all of the fans tonight, one of the best atmospheres I've experienced at the Emirates! 🔴❤ pic.twitter.com/ZaoewVj11e
— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) January 3, 2018
Here’s to even more from ‘Super Jack’ in the future.