Jack Wilshere believes that filling different roles in the Arsenal first team has helped his footballing education.
The 18-year-old was known as an attacking midfielder when he rose through the Club's youth ranks but, having played wide in his first few appearances for Arsène Wenger's side, Wilshere is now operating in a deeper midfield position.
According to the teenager, his latest role forces him to curb his attacking instincts to a degree but also gives him more scope to develop his passing game.
"That’s exactly how it is," Wilshere told the Official Matchday Programme.
"I’ve been playing alongside Alex Song a lot and we just talk to each other – if he goes I stay, and if I go then he remains. It’s good, we both have the ability to do each of these things and I think it’s gone well so far.
"[As for my passing game], I think the boss has said it too - it’s sometimes better for me to come from deeper because I can see more of the game, see the passes from longer distance and things like that.
"I played centrally quite a lot when I went on loan to Bolton last season and I think he [Wenger] saw that, so I came back and started playing in the middle.
"Last year I was playing on the wing here, which is good for you because you learn what wide men have to do for the team. That makes it a little bit easier for you when you come back into the middle, which is where the boss has always said he sees me playing in the longer term."
This interview first appeared in the Official Matchday Programme. You can subscribe to the Matchday Programme by calling 08700 20 20 20.Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 8 Nov 2010