Legendary former Barcelona midfielder Xavi has heaped praise on Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere by highlighting him as the man that can make a huge difference for Arsene Wenger’s men this season, the Metro reports.
However, the 23-year-old will out of action until Christmas as he recovers from a hairline fracture in his leg suffered during pre-season (via Metro).
Injuries have often held the England international back, as he has been blighted by several since breaking on to the scene back in 2010 (via Metro).
Xavi highlights one Wilshere performance against his Barcelona side in 2011, which The Gunners won 2-1 at The Emirates, and the Spaniard believes that Wilshere can fire Arsenal to glory in the coming years (via Metro).
“He played a fantastic game against Barcelona in 2011,” Xavi told Sport magazine.
“Let’s not forget he was just 20 or 21 years old [Wilshere was 19]. It’s just a shame he got injured so many times over the past two years.
“If he gets going and finds a bit of continuity as well, he may make the difference for both Arsenal and the English national team.
“He is a different kind of English player. Even though he has been nourished in a physical type of football, he is really talented, gifted for passing and he does not give the ball away. He does not seem to be English.”
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