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Laudrup doubts Wilshere class

Michael Laudrup sounded a warning to Jack Wilshere after the Arsenal playmaker sunk his Swansea team 1-0 in their FA Cup third-round replay.

The youngster stole the headlines with a sublime 20-yard volley in the closing stages of the contest at Emirates Stadium on Wednesday, but Laudrup has urged the media to show patience with the midfielder – suggesting Wilshere cannot be deemed world class until he plays more games at the top level.

Laudrup said: “We’re talking about a young player who had an injury coming back but I think he has a lot of potential.

“You don’t want to push your young players too much. Sometimes people are a little too fast, too quick with the big words. We have to let them grow, because young players can always improve, that goes for Jack Wilshere too.

“He has a lot of potential and can be a very, very good player… don’t put that pressure on him.

“To be world class you need more at the highest level. We are talking about a 21-year-old and we’re already talking about him being the best.”

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger took a different approach however, as he analysed the match-winning performance of a player who had recently spent 17 months sidelined with injury.

“He was outstanding tonight,” Wenger told reporters as he discussed the possibility of keeping him in the number 10 role.

“He played in a different position, higher up. It suits him well, we had a better team balance, he created chance after chance.

“He is a complete midfielder, he can defend and attack. He is a guy who can dribble and give a final ball – the closer he is to the goal, the better it is for him.

“He has quality and enthusiasm, and love for the game – that is the most important thing for me. After that I can continue to keep him reasonably fit and safe.”

Wenger also confirmed that Wilshere was 100 per cent fit, adding: “He is back, I think so.

“I had no experience of a player who had been out for 17 months in my whole career.

“Honestly if we could get Jack back for January 1 we had done well – but he was ahead of what I could imagine.”

Wed 16 Jan, 2013
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  1. Ryan says:

    What is Laudrup trying to prove? He’s trying to come off as someone looking out for the best interests of Wilshere, but he just comes off as a losing manager trying to downplay the complete control and dominance Jack had on the game. I have loads of respect for Laudrup as a player and manager, but as mild as these comments are, they aren’t really necessary. Jack had lots of potential 2 years ago. He’s easily world class now, Michael

  2. Jamie says:

    He must be talking about a different jack wilshere

  3. christy says:

    The jack is back wilshere is D best mid-fielder on his age level at his age even players at Barca who’re playing wi D best players like Xavi Iniesta Puyol Messi none at his age all over europe can do wt he’s doing but the Load on him is 2 much he needs 2 be patnerned with anodr midfielder 2 ease d burden on him otherwise we might be heading in2 a disaster but i tip him 4 world-best in D nearest future if there re no FIFApolitics

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