Arsene Wenger saw his young prodigy Jack Wilshere take a lot of stick in Arsenal’s game against Sunderland this weekend (and Stoke the week before!), but he doesn’t think that the midfielder needs to get extra protection from referees, he simply needs to watch Lionel Messi to see the way that re rides his tackles, and then gets up and gets on with the game!
We could perhaps say that the physical defenders in the Premier League are more likely to give out more punishment than in La Liga, but Messi takes it all and you rarely even see him complain.
Wenger wants Wilshere to take a leaf out of his book. The Frenchman said: “I think he can handle that rough treatment,” .
“I don’t want to talk too much about being singled out as I don’t want to transform the player to a paranoia attitude.
“Just be natural and play your game and it is down to the referees to protect him when it is needed.
“The way he plays must take a toll, but it’s his game and he has to take that gamble. His game is to take the ball and go at people. Messi does that as well and he plays without being injured.
“You can only make a career with the string aspect of your game and that’s his strength.”
Jack not only needs to ride the tackles but he also needs to learn to control his temper. That’s another thing that Messi does so well. It would be great for Arsenal to have their very own Messi, but I think Jack needs to mature a bit more before he becomes the complete player…..
One day eh?