Wenger praises Wilshere

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Arsene Wenger praised Jack Wilshere's offensive skills as title-chasing Arsenal sent Wolves to the bottom of the Barclays Premier League with a fine attacking display at the Emirates.

Wilshere has been in the spotlight like never before this week after making his first England start against Denmark and finding himself likened by Fabio Capello to Claude Makelele. The former Chelsea midfielder was renowned as a no-nonsense defensive midfielder who rarely crossed the halfway line.

Asked about the Italian's Makelele comparison, Wenger said: "It's very difficult for me to speak about that, as you can guess. But Jack is a talented player who can defend and attack. He had a very good game. He defends well, he attacks well, he creates, he has assists."

Robin van Persie scored in each half to take his league tally to 10 for the season but the Gunners could have had several more, with Theo Walcott, Cesc Fabregas and Andrey Arshavin all unfortunate not to join the Dutchman on the scoresheet.

Wilshere has just one Premier League goal to his name this season but, as he showed with some fine runs at a shellshocked Wolves backline, he appears to have more to offer.

Wilshere conjured a presentable shooting chance for himself against Wolves with score at 1-0 but watched Walcott shoot wide after opting to pass.

Wenger once saw a similar reticence in Cesc Fabregas and believes it will not be long before Wilshere is a regular scorer.

"He is a very confident lad but he has not scored yet. Cesc was like that for a while," said Wenger.

"I believe he will score soon because he looks very close.

"He has a hesitation some time to shoot himself and chooses to always give the ball. When he is a bit more confident he will score goals."

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