Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere gives the ball away so little that he does not seem to be English, according to Barcelona legend Xavi.
Wilshere’s inability to keep fit has been the source of frustration for Arsenal and England fans for several seasons – the 23-year-old is yet to appear this season – but Xavi, who has also given his opinion on Wayne Rooney, believes he can have a huge impact for both club and country once back playing again.
“He played a fantastic game against us [in 2011],” Xavi told Sport magazine. “Let’s not forget he was just 20 or 21 years old (Wilshere was actually 19). It’s just a shame he got injured so many times over the past two years.
“If he gets going and a bit of continuity as well, he may make the difference for both Arsenal and the English national team. He is a different kind of English player.
“Even though he has been nourished in a physical type of football, he is really talented, gifted for passing and he does not give the ball away. He does not seem to be English!”
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