Prior to Arsenal’s 1-1 draw against West Brom at the Hawthorns, Jack Wilshere had caused Twitter to erupt as pictures were posted of the England midfielder smoking outside a nightclub.
The Arsenal number 10 put in a Jekyll and Hyde performance, struggling in the first half before scoring his first Premier League goal in three years to level his side.
Wilshere has come under criticism for his lack of goals, though Wenger has accepted the 21-year-old may never be prolific:
“I don’t think he’ll ever be a goalscorer,” Wenger is quoted as saying on Arsenal.com. “He is a player who can create chances for others. In our job it’s quite simple, you need players who score and players who give the ball to those who score. He is more in the second category than the first.”
The Gunners chief does, however, point to in-form team-mate Aaron Ramsey as a source of inspiration, with the Welshman having found the net eight times already this season:
“We had the same problem with Ramsey a while ago and suddenly once they start to score it comes naturally.”
Aside from scoring, Wenger was pleased with Wilshere’s response, particularly in the second-half. Playing left-midfield had seen the Gunners player struggle initially, though it was his 63rd minute deflected strike that eventually earned Arsenal a point:
“He had a difficult first half,” said the Arsenal boss. “But he has shown that he has character and kept going until the end. I think in the second half he gave some great balls to score where we had chances. Overall he had a very good second half.”
Wilshere will now put his Arsenal exploits on hold as he joins up with the England squad for the crucial World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland at Wembley.
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