One of the most positive aspects of our 4-2 win at BATE Borisov on Thursday was the outstanding performance of Jack Wilshere.
The England international was pulling the strings in the No 10 role, and was named as our man of the match afterwards.
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Arsene Wenger was asked about him in his pre-match press conference, and this is what he said the midfielder and his squad depth:
on Wilshere and Walcott…
They are ready to play, but the rotation system is there to give a breather to players who need one and to give competition to those who need it. The positive thing is that I have 20 players to choose from and the negative is that some players who deserve to play will not necessarily play in the next game. That was the same after West Brom, players deserved to play in the Europa League and they did not necessarily play. I will keep the rotation going.
on the Europa League being useful for rotation…
It is fantastic because I can see as well some young players, and you could see that Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott get stronger and stronger every week. It gives me more freedom to change the team.
on speaking to Jack a lot…
We speak a lot, but Jack - like every great player - has a very objective analysis of his game. He knows where he stands, and he knows he is nearly there. Last night’s game was a step for him that was very interesting.
on having a selection dilemma…
Well all of them did well, I cannot fault one player who didn’t do well, so they give me always a headache - that’s what you want. I believe that we know that our season doesn’t depend on 11 players, but on the team attitude, the global focus of the whole squad and the more I have performances like I had last night the better our season will be.
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