Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta believes that Jack Wilshere has the potential to be one of Europe's top footballers.
21-year-old Wilshere's superb ability to retain possession and bring teammates into play is almost unrivalled among his English peers, and as such he is an extremely highly-rated player at the Emirates Stadium.
In recent times, however, the England midfielder's progress has been considerably stunted by persistent injury woes that have led many to question if he will ever be able to fulfil his enormous potential for both club and country.
Arteta, though, who has been with the Gunners since arriving from Premier League rivals Everton in August 2011, believes that Wilshere could go on to become one of European football's very best talents.
“He's a tremendous player already and has the potential to be one of the best in Europe," the 31-year-old told talkSPORT.
Despite predicting such lofty heights for the Stevenage-born prodigy, however, Arteta did concede that he would need to steer clear of the injuries that have so far blighted his career.
“He's got the ability but he's been unfortunate with injuries in the last few years which haven’t allowed him to get a good run of games but I think if he can get that settled and keep playing every week then he's a tremendous player," he added.
Arsenal, who have shown good form in recent weeks after the humiliating opening day defeat to Paul Lambert's Aston Villa, face struggling Sunderland at the Stadium of Light today and could hand a debut to record signing Mesut Ozil.