Thomas Vermaelen has hailed Jack Wilshere’s return to first team action as a huge boost to the Arsenal squad’s collective confidence and revealed he firmly believes the 20-year-old can become one of the world’s best midfielders.
Wilshere, who is being tipped in the tabloids to score or assist every goal for the Gunners on the way to an unprecedented quadruple success, was impressively sprightly in his first Premier League game since May 2011, a fact not lost on the Belgian captain.
“He’s an amazing player,” Vermaelen told Arsenal.com after the match. “I think he can be one of the best midfielders in the world because what he did in his first year was great.”
“And you could see he looked sharp. In midfield he was a lot on the ball and he can only get better in the following games and he can grow. What I’ve seen today is really positive.
“Everyone knows how good he can be and everyone wants him back for the England team as well but don’t forget I’ve been out for eight months and he has been out for 14 or 15 so that’s double.
“I know how hard it will be. But what I saw today was positive and we have to be easy with him. It’s going to be a long way to get up to the biggest level.”
Meanwhile Arsene Wenger has told Roy Hodgson that Wilshere should not feature for the national team until next year, stressing that England have nothing to gain from picking the 20-year-old for next month’s meaningless interlull friendly with Sweden.
“It is a friendly. Jack should skip that,” Wenger is quoted as saying by Sporting Life.
“What is important now is that he gets back to full fitness for this team. Once he is back he will play for England again, but if it is a friendly….
“I will have a little word [with Hodgson], of course. Anyway, Roy will call me about him.
“I am an understanding manager. If it is a friendly, a full game would be too much at the moment. I will speak about it with Roy, but what is important now is that he gets back to his level.”
Arseblog News trust that Arsene’s ‘word’ with Hodgson will actual be a 35 minute stream of consciousness phone rant which starts with ‘Fuck’ and ends in ‘Off.’