Jack Wilshere: Arsenal trying to emulate Barcelona & Bayern

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Jack Wilshere has revealed that Arsenal are aiming to emulate the likes Barcelona and Bayern Munich with their high pressing in a bid to get back on a level with Europe's best teams.

The Gunners used pressurising high up the pitch to great effect in their 4-1 mauling of Sunderland at the weekend and Wilshere said it was an aim of the team to continue to do so.

Last week 10-man Arsenal were given a comprehensive display of winning the ball back in the opposition half in their 0-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in their Champions League last 16 first leg, but Wilshere claimed it was the Emirates Stadium side that lead the way early on and by using the same technique.

Arsene Wenger's side were dominant in the early exchanges and should have taken the lead in the eighth minute, but Mesut Özil's missed penalty let the reigning European champions off the hook.

Wojciech Szczesny's first half red card gave Bayern the initiative and the second half was something of a defence v attack drill.

“Even against Bayern, we were on top for the first 20 minutes and had a great chance to score but didn’t, so we wanted to continue that [against Sunderland], stay high and win the ball back," Wilshere told Arsenal's official website.

"Once we won the ball back in their half, we always looked dangerous. We have some big games coming up, we [need to] continue with the same work ethic off the ball, try to win it back straight away and press them.

“You see the best teams in the world like Barcelona and Bayern Munich do that and we have to try to do that as well, because when we get in their half we have the players to hurt them.”

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