Jack Wilshere may be an important part of the creativity of the Arsenal team, however would he actually perform better in the defensive-midfield role for the Emirates outfit?
Here we look at three reasons why Arsene Wenger may look to utilise his young talent in a more defensive position next season.
Competition for the creative role at Arsenal
There are two players that you could say are equally competent candidates for the creative midfield role at Arsenal - one being the longstanding Tomáš Rosický who always seems to come good towards the end of the season and adds a zip to Arsenal’s play that can often be missing without him, and the other being the newly acquired Spaniard Santi Cazorla.
Cazorla has been a revelation for the Premier League and an amazing piece of business in the transfer market by Arsene Wenger.
Wilshere can play in this creative role but I think that both Rosický & Cazorla fit the position better. Rosický adds speed to Arsenal’s play along with the eye for a pass that all three possess - whereas Cazorla provides close control, skill and the ability to shoot accurately from distance.
Wilshere does not produce when he plays further up the pitch
Although Wilshere has qualities that could be used further up the pitch I think that his best features can be used towards the back of the midfield.
Firstly, players in the more creative and attacking third of the pitch should be contributing goals to the team as Cazorla does.
Yet Wilshere has not scored a single goal in the 25 matches of the Premier League this season and only has three assists.
When compared with the 12 goals and 11 assists that Santi Cazorla has provided despite spending a large part of the end of the season on the wing you can see how Wilshere is not necessarily suited to this area of the midfield.
Wilshere's suitability for holding-midfield
Wilshere has a great ability of coming from deep and taking on a number of players and that is wasted when he is further up the pitch as he's unable to run past players as easily.
Defensively, he would also suit this role as he can be seen as an aggressive character at the least.
He goes hard into his challenges and makes sure that the opposition knows that he is there. He is vocal in his organisation of the rest of the midfield and from a deeper role it will be easier for him to direct movement ahead of him.
Wilshere is a quality player but in order to get the best end product for the team Arsenal need to change his role to suit his qualities - even if he may not agree with such a move deeper. Thierry Henry did not start life as a striker and look how that turned out.
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