Thierry Henry says that Jack Wilshere is exactly the kind of player Arsenal need to make progress, regardless of other signings they might make.
The former captain extolled the footballing virtues of Wilshere, but also the fact that he’s an Englishman (not always a necessity to ‘get’ Arsenal but we know what he means) and an Arsenal fan.
You want Jack Wilshere around,” Henry told Sky Sports News. “He reminds me of when I first arrived when the old guard was there. He’s an Arsenal fan in the first place and you need this type of player around in the dressing room.
“It’s not only that he’s an Arsenal fan, and not only an Englishman, but he’s a good player, it’s as simple as that. What a shame that he stopped a bit because he was on his way. I just wish him all the best that he can come back quick and wear the shirt he loves so much.”
And in a style which might make fans think he’s had some coaching from Arsene Wenger (of the media, not football kind), Thierry echoed the manager’s words about how bringing players back from injury can be boost to the squad.
“I saw what the boss said the other day and I will say what he said – hopefully they will sign this year Wilshere and Diaby. I thought it was a clever thing for him to say as usual.
“You need those guys around. Mikel Arteta did extremely well, but you need those guys also in the squad.”
ARSENAL SIGNING LINGO
LANS = Like A New Signing
L2NS = Like Two New Signings
LANSA = Like A New Signing Again (used when a player is injured, comes back, is like a new signing, gets injured once more and makes a return).
LANSBNP = Like A New Signing But Never Plays (see Park Chu Young)
LANSBIWIHSH = Like A New Signing But I Wish I Hadn’t Signed Him (see Marouane Chamakh)
LAPS = Like A Poo Signing (see Mikael Sylvestre)
NLANSAABJAPCBFI = Not Like A New Signing At All But Just A Player Coming Back From Injury (never used).