Wenger praises character of Arsenal scorer Wilshere

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has praised the mindset of Jack Wilshere after the midfielder scored in the Gunners’ 1-1 Premier League draw with West Bromwich Albion, the Independent has reported.

Wilshere levelled the scores in the second-half after Claudio Yacob gave the Baggies a first-half lead, and Wenger expressed his happiness that Wilshere was able to influence the match despite not entering his best performance – and, in his opinion, getting some rough treatment from the home side.

He had trouble today to find the rhythm,” Wenger said after the match. “But he has character as well. He doesn’t give up, he continues to play his game. I believe he was fouled a few times, pushed over and didn’t get the fouls he deserved.

Wilshere started the contest in an unfamiliar wide role, far from his more natural central berth, and admitted his position was a factor in his sub-standard performance. “It was a tough game for me. I am not used to playing on the wing, I’m still learning it, but I’m happy to do it for the team,” Wilshere said. He added: “I got a goal which was nice, I’ve always said I want to score more goals.

Having received criticism in the media for being pictured with a lit cigarette in midweek, Wilshere was happy to be getting more positive attention following his goal against Albion. “At the end of the day when it comes to the weekend you’ve got to do your job and today we’ve done it well,” he said.

The goal was Wilshere’s first of the season and his sixth in his entire Arsenal career, having played 108 games, working out at an average of a goal every 18 games. Wilshere also scored once during a loan spell with Bolton in 2010, and has yet to get on the score sheet for England.

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