Fabio Capello has fallen in love with Jack Wilshere.
Yes, it’s a little odd that he has recently had such an attraction to the player – but at least it has been on pure merit, unlike Sven with Theo.
Jack Wilshere has played himself into first choice for Arsenal – at age 18 and it looks like the young Arsenal player has played himself into a place in the England team at the tender age of 19.
Capello focused on Wilshere pre-match and said:
“I know he prefers to go forward but an intelligent player can play anywhere. I used the example of Claude Makelelebefore. Andrea Pirlo also started just behind the forward player but ended up playing in front of the back four. The thing is, he plays with confidence, never with fear. And other players have confidence in him. He is not playing for a team that’s trying to stay in the Premier League. It is Arsenal, second in the table. It is incredible for someone so young. I know Wilshere is 19 but I remember the best players I managed; Baresi, Maldini, Raul. They all started really young. It is the same talent. But people have to wait. He is young and needs experience in big games, like the Champions League and matches between the big teams in England.”
The manager said this before the youngster’s debut and that’s saying something. To be compared to the likes of Baresi and Maldini is an impressive comparison and for me, he is a player in form and deserved his chance.
The match ended 2-1 to England and after a sloppy start, England came back to win with goals from Darren Bent and Ashley Young – with Theo Walcott getting an assist for Bent’s equaliser. Wilshere started in a midfield holding role alongside Frank Lampard. With Wayne Rooney dropping back and Milner also playing from deep, we had our way with the midfield and Wilshere did a good job marshalling the opposition attack, whilst also finding time to move forward, run towards goal and spring some excellent passes – reminiscent of Pirlo in his prime!
When Capello says he is building the team around Wilshere – he literally is – with the Arsenal midfielder in the middle of everything good…
After the game, the manager had some positive words:
“I am happy with the result and the performance of some players. Wilshere in the first half played with confidence and it was an interesting debut”
And the player was also happy about his performance:
“It’s great to play for your country and I am delighted with my first start and I’m glad it was a win,” he said. “It was a difficult game but we kept the ball well and it’s great to play with players like that, they make it easy. Not going forward was tough but it’s quite similar to the role I play at Arsenal and I will play anywhere for my country.”
For me, Jack is miles above the likes of Scott Parker and Gareth Barry – and come the next game, I can see no reason why he won’t play in the middle of the park – I was glad that Parker got a run out as he is definitely a player who has deserved his place ahead of Jenas, Huddlestone and the like.
In other friendlies, Sagna got 90 minutes for France and despite a knock or two, completed the game – and even Abou Diaby got 30 minutes – which can only be good for the lad. With Diaby suspended from domestic football for 3 games following his sending off, he needs games – I hope he just doesn’t somehow play against Barcelona – that’s the last thing we need.
Rosicky scored a goal – wow! And Arshavin was also decent in his outing for Russia.
As things stand, there are no injuries for any Arsenal players.
I hope I am not corrected….
Til tomorrow, Adios!