Wenger: Arsenal’s Wilshere can be like Zidane for England

Arsene Wenger believes Jack Wilshere can have the same impact for England as the likes of Zinedine Zidane did for France

Jack Wilshere
Jack Wilshere made 33 appearances for Arsenal last season Photo: Nike

Arsene Wenger believes that Jack Wilshere can have the same impact for England as the likes of Zinedine Zidane and Michel Platini did for France.

Wilshere already has 10 caps to his name after making his debut for England as an 18-year-old back in 2010.

And Wenger believes that the 21-year-old Arsenal midfielder can be a star for the Three Lions in years to come.

“National teams need a guy who absorbs this type of pressure and takes it,” Wenger said. “We had Zidane. When the France team played well it was all Zidane, but the others could play.

“Before, we had Platini. In the history of the French national team, the results stop when Platini stops. And they stopped when Zidane stopped. You need a good generation but you also need one player.”

The Arsenal boss continued: “Jack is young, only 21. He has the characteristics to do that. But he needs to play six months without any problem.

“He is not fazed by the importance of the game. He is not inhibited. Jack has the personality to be a top, top, top player.”

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