Jack Wilshere has revealed he tracked down Paul Scholes and confronted him after the former Manchester United star criticised him on television.
Scholes appeared as a pundit on television in March and questioned Wilshere's development since he first broke onto the scene in 2008.
He theorised that Wilshere had failed to improve at all since then, is not the leader the Gunners are looking for and that Arsenal “are a million miles away” from winning the Premier League title.
Wilshere, 22, upon hearing the comments, immediately set out to get the Manchester United legend's phone number.
Wilshere's first port of call was Scholes' former teammate, and now England coach, Gary Neville. The Arsenal midfielder sent Neville a message of Twitter asking for Scholes' phone number, to which Neville simply replied 'Just go easy on him'.
The Arsenal star is never one to shy away from confrontation as his aggressive attitude on the pitch pays homeage to. However, Wilshere says he stayed diplomatic during his conversation with Scholes.
Wilshere added: “We had quite a good chat. He is entitled to his opinion, I just wanted to know...
"If it had come from a less respected player, I could say, ‘What are you talking about’, but it came from Paul Scholes! So I wanted to get to the bottom of it.
"I spoke to him, he explained it a bit better and told me what he thought I should work on.
"For me, he's the best English midfielder of all time.”
Wilshere said that he didn't dive into calling Scholes, instead taking his time to consider what he could learn from him.
“For the next few days after he said that, I sat down and talked to my dad and a few of the coaches here. I just wanted to hear what he thinks,” said Wilshere
“I respect him so much and I think he can make a great coach for any young player. I am a young player and he has been there and done it, so I wanted to hear what he had to say.
“He was right, in a certain way. When I first burst onto the scene there was all this noise [about me] and then I got injured. I have had bad luck with injuries but I can’t keep saying I’ve been injured a lot.
“There comes a time when you stop being a kid and I think that’s what he’s referring to - 'He’s young, he’s got all this potential, you have to start fulfilling that potential.'
“This season, I have improved a lot, scored a few more than I have in the past and got a few more assists. That side of things...
"You can keep the ball and you can look good but it’s those stats that matter. That’s what I have to build on.”
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