Ross Barkley one of the best I’ve seen, says Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger singles out Ross Barkley for special praise ahead of Arsenal's trip to Everton on Sunday

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger Photo: Arsenal FC

Arsene Wenger has singled out Ross Barkley for special praise ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Everton on Sunday.

The 20-year-old has been in outstanding form for the Toffees this season, scoring five goals in 28 Premier League appearances for Roberto Martinez’s men.

He has had a big impact this season. He’s one of the best I have been

Arsene Wenger

And the Arsenal manager has been thoroughly impressed with the midfielder’s from ahead of a potential call-up to the England squad for this summer’s World Cup.

“He’s made a big step forward – from a young hope he has suddenly convinced everybody he has huge potential and talent,” said Wenger.

“He can have a huge impact in big games, with a combination of technical qualities and power, which are very difficult to combine in midfield and what is demanded from a modern midfielder. For me, he has had a big impact this season. He’s one of the best I have been.

“It’s good that he’s not guaranteed a World Cup place, because at the World Cup experience of big games is important in terms of the number of games you have behind you.

“You can’t travel to a World Cup with too many players of that [youth]. When you go into a game you need to know that you get at least a certain quality, and a certain quality is guaranteed by the experience of the player of big games.

“You can take one or two and take a gamble. You cannot take five or six like that.”

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