The Manchester United legend had previously criticised the Gunners midfielder’s lack of progress since breaking on the scene as a highly-rated 17-year-old in 2010.
Hopefully this is the year when Jack really comes of age
However, Scholes, who won 11 Premier League titles at Old Trafford, is sympathetic of Wilshere’s injury setbacks and is confident the Arsenal talisman will kick on.
“I always seem to upset people whenever I say anything. I don’t mean to, honestly!” Scholes told talkSPORT.
“I played against Jack at 17 and thought what a player we’ve got here. And I don’t feel he’s gone to the next level yet. But you have to remember he’s had horrendous injury problems with his ankle and I’m sure the best is still to come from Jack. I hope so anyway because he’s an English midfield player and I want him to do well.
“And he’s playing for a good team at Arsenal as well. I think they could have a good season, especially if Aaron Ramsey stays fit, and they’ve made a great signing in Alexis Sanchez. So hopefully this is the year when Jack really comes of age.”
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