Jack Wilshere says Arsenal must aim to press their opponents high up the pitch - just like the very best teams in the world.

One of the main features of Saturday’s 4-1 victory against Sunderland was the speed with which the Gunners won the ball back from the visitors.

Wilshere was delighted with the performance, and says Arsenal must replicate it during the challenging run of fixtures ahead of them.

“Even against Bayern, we were on top for the first 20 minutes and had a great chance to score but didn’t, so we wanted to continue that [against Sunderland], stay high and win the ball back,” he said. “Once we won the ball back in their half, we always looked dangerous.

We have some big games coming up, we [need to] continue with the same work ethic off the ball, try to win it back straight away and press them

Jack Wilshere

“We have some big games coming up, we [need to] continue with the same work ethic off the ball, try to win it back straight away and press them.

“You see the best teams in the world like Barcelona and Bayern Munich do that and we have to try to do that as well, because when we get in their half we have the players to hurt them.”

Wilshere also reserved special praise for Tomas Rosicky, who scored a sensational goal at the end of a flowing team move.

“It was good - a bit like my goal earlier in the season [against Norwich],” he said. “Even though Rosicky is 33, he is up there with the best in the world at that passing and moving, getting in behind.”

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 Rob Kelly 23 Feb 2014