Xavi insists Jack Wilshere will come good for Arsenal

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With every new injury, another Arsenal fan seems to give up on Jack Wilshere. The young midfielder has suffered a number of serious fitness problems over the last few years and his career trajectory has stalled as a result.

But while some of the Gunners faithful are ready to accept that Wilshere will never reach the astronomic heights he once threatened to, the 23-year-old still has one pretty prominent man in his corner.

Former Barcelona captain and all round Spanish football hero Xavi Hernandez has backed the England international to overcome his injury problems and fulfil his massive potential.


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After seeing his Barcelona team-mates played off the park by the then 19-year-old during a Champions League match in 2011, Xavi has maintained a belief that Wilshere would one day reach the top of the game.

"He played a fantastic game against us,' Xavi told Sport magazine. "Let’s not forget he was just 20 or 21 years old (Wilshere was 19). It’s just a shame he got injured so many times over the past two years.

"If he gets going and a bit of continuity as well, he may make the difference for both Arsenal and the English national team. He is a different kind of English player.

"Even though he has been nourished in a physical type of football, he is really talented, gifted for passing and he does not give the ball away. He does not seem to be English!"

Injury issues

Arsene Wenger claimed in May that Wilshere would need "years" of injury-free football to return to his very best football. The midfielder has suffered 11 different ankle injuries in his career and has missed almost two years of football as a result.

One of those injuries, a stress fracture in his right ankle, ruled him out for 17 months while his current injury has seen him on the sidelines for a further three months and counting.

After enjoying a full pre-season in the summer, Wilshere seemed ready to kick on, but a training ground collision with Gabriel Paulista saw him suffer a hairline fracture in his leg.

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