By Giuseppe Muro

Arsène Wenger knows Jack Wilshere and Cesc Fabregas have creative talent to burn but he wants any of his midfield partnerships to work defensively for the team too.

The pair have complemented each other brilliantly at the heart of the Arsenal midfield with Wilshere sitting deeper allowing Fabregas to express himself further forward.

Injury and suspension mean the duo have only started one Premier League game together this season and as they start to form a partnership Wenger wants them to show they are also defensive assets.

“Offensively, it works very well. We have to show it works defensively as well,” said Wenger.

“We have many who like to attack, so we have to be intelligent to do the defensive job well because if you want to be efficient you need to defend well in midfield."

“Wilshere at the moment suits a deeper role and Fabregas a little bit higher. Wilshere can find a good pass through the lines and find Fabregas.”

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