Arsene Wenger on Jack Wilshere: ‘He can fight and play’

February 20, 2011

In the past few days Wilshere has been praised highly for his performances and rightly so. He was praised for his performance in the national colours against Denmark then for his display against Wolves, playing for his club. However, the most applaud that he got is for his superb performance against Barcelona, where he shown amongst players like Fabregas, Xavi and Iniesta on the pitch.

Manager, Arsene Wenger, has also come out and commended his ability as he compared him with players like Patrick Vieira and Manchester United’s Paul Scholes.

Speaking to the Arsenal TV Online, the manager said how Wilshere is an exceptional quality of player in having the ability to play strongly in both the offensive and defensive departments as most players are only strong in one part of the field.

For England, Wilshere played in the holding role recently, while for Arsenal you may see him play in a freer role.

Further elaborating his ability, the manager said how he has a committed side to his football in addition to his technical ability and aggression won’t be the right word in describing it as Wenger added that he likes the part of his character where he will fight for the cause without hiding.

Arsenal are up against Leyton Orient today  and Wilshere might be rested for it.

On Wilshere, Wenger said:

“He has the side of players like Scholes. He can fight and play. Jack has what you want from a midfielder, both parts of it. He is good in the defensive box and good in the offensive box. We are used to players being only strong on one side more than the other. He can have both.
More than aggression, I would say commitment. Aggression is something negative. He has a committed attitude and he needs to keep that. He doesn’t look like the sort of man who will back down in a fight, a bit like Patrick Vieira. That is what I like about him. You can go into a fight with him. Sometimes he can be a bit too much but I like the side of his character that is committed. You know he will not hide.”

Player Ratings: Arsenal 2 – 0 Wolves

February 13, 2011

Wow, it seems that the last weekend’s result hasn’t affected us psychologically at all.

A brilliant display of football by the team as we dominated the game and got the vital three points.

At the back we weren’t troubled much but still the backline dealt nicely on the few occasions the Wolves came into our area. The communication among the back four was very good as we used the off sisde trap really well.

In the middle our passing and movement was top notch. They created many opportunities a few of which should have been scored.

Up front, the finishing was decent considering the goals of van Persie. However, we still need to improve our finishing.

Coming to player ratings:

Szczesny (6.5): A spectator most of times as he comfortably collected the few balls that went down his way.

Sagna and Clichy (6.5): Did their job on the wings and kept the opposition players quiet.

Koscielny (7): Another top game from the Frenchman. Made his usual excellent interceptions and clearances and never gave space to the Wolves players.

Djourou (7): He too had a top game. Looked confident and composed with the ball and as always was dominant in the air.

Wilshere (8.5): Awesome stuff from the young Englishman. He was brilliant going forward while also looked comfortable in holding the ball and breaking the wolves play down. His passing, movement, creativity and final balls were immaculate and any other day he would have had a couple of assists. Simply out sanding stuff.

Fabregas (7.5): Controlled our midfield with ease. Dropped down deep to bring the ball out and combined really well with Arshavin, van Persie and Wilshere. Got an assist on the first goal and was involved in the second. He does need to improve his performance in front of goal though.

Song (7): Again a beast in the middle. Always quick to close the wolves player and break down their play. Linked nicely with the forwards. Gave away possession a few times but otherwise didn’t put a foot wrong.

Arshavin (7): Another superb game from the Russian. He was very good with his movement and running as he opened up Wolves with ease. His work rate was also good as he backtracked a lot and provided support to Clichy.

Van Persie (8): Two very well taken goals. Showed good technique on the first and good composure on the second. Could have score plenty more with the amount of opportunities he got. I hope his knee isn’t badly hurt.

Walcott (7): A quiet game by his current standards as he missed an open net when Wilshere set him up. However, was always a threat whenever he got the ball as he ended the game with another assist to his name.


Bendtner (6), Chamakh (6) and Denilson (6) had very little time to make impact but did their jobs.

Aston Villa 2 – 4 Arsenal match report: Sweet victory! Finally

November 27, 2010

What a game; it was high tempo, free flowing and tense. It had plenty of goals, plenty of drama and plenty of edgy moments for us. I was nearly trembling near the end.  In those final 20 minutes, when Villa scored the second I wasn’t even breathing properly.

This match was pretty similar to the one last weekend but it had a different result. We started dominantly in the first half and took a two goal lead heading into the break. Villa came back rejuvenated and scored their opener within 6 minutes of the start of second. Deja vu! Plenty of tweets were coming in with these words, “Please Arsenal not again”.  Read the rest of this entry »

Thoughts from the Shakhtar game: Not the end of the world

November 5, 2010

It was supposed to be a difficult game but we made it really hard for ourselves. We hardly ever shifted into top gear and let them control the match. By the time we realized the game was getting away it was too late.

The game

There isn’t much to talk about as we failed to impose our control over the match. We made it hard for ourselves as we gave away possession needlessly and left them to attack us at will. They were quick, accurate and confident in their build up as they took the game away from us despite going a goal down. We never really got our passing going and made a lot of errors. Read the rest of this entry »

Arsenal 2 – 1 Birmingham: Report, deserved win but frustrating at times

October 16, 2010

Arsenal 2 : Nasri 41, Chamakh 47

Birmingham 1: Zigic 33

Arsenal secures a win despite going down a goal and then a man near the end.

Not one of the convincing performances by us in the first half but we managed to control the game in the second which was enough to get the three points. Read the rest of this entry »

Partizan Belgrade vs Arsenal: Stick to the Basics

September 28, 2010

The squad for Champions League match against Partizan Belgrade was announced yesterday. Almunia and Diaby, due to injury, are not selected in the squad. Fabianski as a result is going to go in between the sticks.  Lansbury and Szczesny are also included in the squad. Read the rest of this entry »