Wilshere on the Giroud combo and showing character

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Last night, not for the first time, Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud found themselves on the same wavelength to create a wonderful Arsenal goal.

Amazingly, the superb strike in Serbia came four years to the day that the duo got together to do this against Norwich in the Premier League:

Speaking afterwards, Wilshere spoke about their connection, and how it can pay dividends for the team.

“I think he knows how I like to play and I know how he likes to play,” he said.

:He knows that I like to pick it up and drive at the defence and he always gives me an option when I pick the ball up he seems to hold position up well, he’s strong when he holds the ball up and we play off each other well.

“We did that again tonight with Theo and we’re happy, we came here we know the fans came a long way so we’re thankful to them and we wanted to give them something to cheer about after the weekend and we did so we’re happy.”

Although it wasn’t the most scintillating Arsenal performance of all time, the 1-0 win made it three wins from three in the Europa League, and it did come from what was a pretty makeshift side.

Asked afterwards if he felt it had gone some way to answering the criticisms leveled at the team by Watford’s Troy Deeney last week, Jack continued, “Yes I think so, I mean I said yesterday in our press conference I don’t think anyone can question our character.

“We showed that tonight, you know it’s a tough place to come I don’t think they’ve lost here this season, we knew that before the game and we knew that they were going to be up for it.

“It’s one of the noisiest stadiums I’ve played in my career and of course they’re going to be up for it.”

No arguing against the win, but a bigger test of character will come on Sunday at Everton when the players culpable for the defeat at Watford will have to show what they’re made of.

For more on Wilshere, the Europa League and Sunday’s trip to Everton, check out today’s Arsecast

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Pedant
Pedant

Just keep on showing it, week after week, even when times are tough.

No doubt people will still complain if we lose but at least we won’t be saying that the team are weak and not putting in the effort.

IamaGoober

It is difficult to judge whether Jack is Premier League ready yet, and I’m not so sure he will get a game considering he played last night, but surely if he keeps putting in performances like that he has to be strongly in the managers thoughts to at least come off the bench.

What I liked most about his performance last night was the fact he took responsibility. He clearly realised his game needed to show maturity, and that’s exactly what his performance displayed. Constantly wanted the ball, dug in, and when we need a moment of magic he stepped up and won the game for us. I know Giroud pulled off a great finish, but that move was all Jacks making.

So we just need to show up and do something away at Everton now. We need to respond to last weeks horror show away at Watford. And I really don’t want Jacks words in this interview where he talks about showing character to be rendered totally worthless.

That Everton side are there for the taking, and the ultimate motivation for the dressing should be to finish Koemans’ spell as their manager. He has been so often the first guy to pipe and rub Arsenes’ face in a result when it goes his way. So I hope a panning from us sees him packing his office up into cardboard boxes, as he watches on the TV Wenger talking about how he didn’t agree with his sacking.

uhtred
uhtred

Love that jacky boy is back in the fold. Long may it continue

allezkev
allezkev

Totally agree, well said.

Lula
Lula

These two goals are seriously amazing.

keneh
keneh

wilshere has two things I’m certain of … balls and talent. I can only hope the injuries will seize

Nachos in Montreal
Nachos in Montreal

*cease…unless you mean that the injuries will seize Sp*rs.In which case I hope so too

Goontang
Goontang

Fucking start the lads Arsene!

Goontang
Goontang

In the Premier league that is.

Dizzy
Dizzy

I just want ozil to be dropped then sold

Dennis
Dennis

Yep leave for 15M Euros in January with no loyalty bonus. Or enjoy reserve team football and watching the World Cup on tv

caligunner
caligunner

Lol you think if he was dropped from the team that JL wouldn’t still use him for the World Cup? smh

Martin
Martin

Its a pity you don’t appreciate the most creative player in the country. The best international team in the world have no problems playing him

Carlos _ Santana
Carlos _ Santana

Was great seeing Jack with that drove towards the end of the game.. It really opened up for him.. And he holds that ball so well..

Carlos _ Santana
Carlos _ Santana

*drive

d_lastgenius
d_lastgenius

Another away game?! 🙁

Loose_Cannon
Loose_Cannon

If you like football, you’ll like Jack Wilshere. Many on here wanted him sold, I suppose it’s easy to forget what he can do when he hasn’t played for so long. His route to the first team is somewhat blocked though, and his skillset wouldn’t really help solve our problems at CM/DM in the 343 (i.e. winning the ball back). I think a change of system is long overdue though