Jack Wilshere looks frustrated with Arsenal role says Paul Scholes

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Manchester United legend Paul Scholes believes Jack Wilshere is a ‘frustrated figure’ at the present time and is unsure if he has what it takes to inspire an Arsenal tilt at the Premier League title.

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Scholes has been critical in the past of Wilshere, claiming the England international ought to have progressed further by this point in his career, and it will be interesting to see how the player responds.

Only this week had Wilshere hit out at those to question his performances, claiming he would only entertain criticism he deems to be constructive, and perhaps he may move to seek out Scholes in order to gain some insight.

Scholes, working as a pundit for BT Sport following his departure from Manchester United, was asked if Wilshere is a midfielder of enough to quality to push Arsenal towards the Premier League title. The response of the Old Trafford icon was to say that isn’t sure - hardly a ringing endorsement.

We don’t know what he is,” Scholes, winner of 11 league titles with Manchester United, said. “Is he a holding midfield player, is a midfield attacking player? I think he’s confused.”

This, of course, has not been helped by Wilshere now taking up a different role for both club and country, with the 22-year-old used in a deep position for England this week - somewhere the Arsenal manager feels he is wasted.


Scholes believes this is adding to Wilshere’s frustration, and now says it is down to Wenger to get the best out of him, just as he was able to with Ramsey.

“I just think he’s a frustrated figure at the minute. He’s almost trying to force the play all the time instead of keeping it simple,” Scholes added. “I think maybe he needs a similar kind of meeting that Arsene Wenger had with Aaron Ramsey.”

Asked if Arsene Wenger was culpable for Wilshere’s failings, Scholes said: “I think he has to be blamed, he’s the manager. I’m not sure how much work he does with [Wilshere] but, looking at him, I don’t think he does enough.

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