Gary Neville: What I really think about Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere
The Man United legend has been impressed with Jack Wilshere's performance in the Premier League this season
Gary Neville has hailed Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere as the best English midfielder.
The 26-year-old has emerged as one of Arsenal’s only positives in an otherwise disappointing season for the north London side.
Indeed, Arsenal are winless in their last five games in all competitions but Wilshere has earned praise for his tenacious performances in midfield.
Wilshere started the season firmly out of favour at Arsenal under Arsene Wenger after returning from a long spell at Premier League rivals Bournemouth.
The England international started the season as a a back-up player utilised in the Europa League and the League Cup in the current campaign.
The versatile midfielder started six Premier League games during the festive schedule to underline his ever-improving fitness levels.
Wilshere did suffer a sprained ankle during Chelsea’s goalless draw with Arsenal in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final last week.
Former Manchester United defender Neville lavished praise on Wilshere for his impressive performances in recent weeks.
“He’s the best English midfield player by a street,” Neville told Sky Sports.
“I worked with all of the English midfield players for four years and he could play in any single team in this country and live in that team or any single team in Europe, he is that good.
“The problem with Jack Wilshere is his fitness and his injuries and his reliability. If you had him playing every week he is a wonderful, wonderful player. He has a great attitude, he trains well and he has got fantastic ability.
“He takes the ball on the half-turn and he’s the only English central midfield player [like that]. Dele Alli yes and Ross Barkley yes, but I class them as being more forwards.
“I’ve worked with him and I’ve got no allegiance to Jack Wilshere or Arsenal Football Club and this is a fantastic player and talent, who is a must for England if he is fit and playing well.”
Wilshere’s current Arsenal deal is set to expire at the end of the 2017-18 campaign.
Arsenal are in sixth place in the Premier League table and eight points behind Chelsea, who are in fourth place in the top flight.