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What Pep Guardiola said about Jack Wilshere after Arsenal 2-1 Barcelona in 2011

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Jack Wilshere was the star as Arsenal beat Red Star Belgrade 1-0 in the Europa League on Thursday night.

It was Olivier Giroud's late strike that gave the Gunners all three points, with the Frenchman scoring a bicycle kick after some stunning build-up play.

Wilshere was the architect, brilliantly turning past two players and playing a one-two with Theo Walcott to set up Giroud.

Ahead of the game, Martin Keown said that those "behind the scenes" at Arsenal believe Wilshere is playing his best ever football - and it's no wonder.

"They're saying behind the scenes Jack is now playing better than ever before in training," said the club legend on BT Sport.

"This (Europa League) is a platform for him to prove first of all his fitness, then his ability and then he's got to then get into the A team to play in the Premier League.

"He's got to announce his career is back open again. We know the talent's been there for years, he's now just got to do it."

It seems like only a matter of time before Wilshere returns to Arsenal's starting line-up in the Premier League, which fans will rejoice at.

On his day, the 25-year-old can produces moments of magic like very few Arsenal players can, like his turn and flick against Red Star.

Wilshere's finest ever performance for Arsenal came during a historic 2-1 win over Barcelona in the 2010/11 Champions League.

Arsenal v Barcelona - UEFA Champions League

Robin van Persie and Andrei Arshavin's goals secured victory, but Wilshere was given Man of the Match for utterly dominating Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Xavi.

Check out a highlights reel of his performance HERE.

Wilshere was only 19 at the time but played beyond his years, much to every Arsenal and England fan's excitement.

Pep Guardiola, who was Barcelona manager at the time, was similarly full of praise for Wilshere but also gave him a backhanded compliment.

Guardiola hailed the Englishman as a "top player" but cheekily said he had many players like him in his second team. Ouch.

Barcelona's coach Pep Guardiola looks on

"Wilshere is a top player, and has been a big, big surprise," said Guardiola six years ago, "I didn't know him at the start of the season.

"He had a really good performance. He can be a great player for Arsenal and England, but we have many types of player like him in the second team.

"He's lucky as Arsenal have time. There is not the pressure to win titles as quickly as possible. We have second-team players like him."

Guardiola took a swipe at Arsenal by saying they were not under as much pressure to win titles as Barcelona.

It's just a shame Wilshere has never been able to truly prove how much better he was than the Blaugrana's B team.

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