Schweinsteiger praises "excellent" Jack Wilshere

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As Arsenal prepare to play host to German giants Bayern Munich in the last-16 of the Champions League this evening, Bastian Schweinsteiger believes Arsene Wenger's side are not to be taken lightly, despite their struggles this season. 

Whilst the German international concedes that Arsenal are not the team they once were, Schweinsteiger believes that the Gunners are capable of returning to their former glory, with Jack Wilshere leading from the front.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Schweinsteiger said: "Yes the days are gone when they had players like Tony Adams or Thierry Henry - maybe they are still wishing for those players.

"But they still have a good team. You only have to look at Jack Wilshere who is an excellent player. 

"After he was out for so long he is back now and showing his form. In his position he is one of the best players there is."

Wilshere, 21, came through the ranks of Arsenal’s academy and has impressed from an early age. Despite being plagued by injury troubles in recent years, the England international is regarded as one of the best technical players to come out of the country in generations, and Schweinsteiger agrees.

"It has a lot to do with his size. Your typical English player is over six foot - I would say that with Jack Wilshere he has different movements.

"He is dynamic, he has a good left foot and he has a good eye for his players around him. Those are his talents."

Schweinsteiger stopped short of calling Arsenal a one-man team, suggesting that Bayern will have to be at the top of their game if they are to leave the Emirates with a favourable result this evening.

He added: "I don't think one player makes a team - they do have 10 other players. 

"He is a very difficult opponent. We will try and minimise his influence on the game, but don't forget Arsenal is a very good team.

"Arsenal is not your classic English team. They have more of a European style with (Santi) Cazorla in there. I don't know why they haven't won a title for so many years because they have the capabilities. 

"I would say Arsenal are still amongst the top-10 teams in Europe."


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