Wilshere targeted by opposition, claims Arsenal teammate Flamini

Mathieu Flamini has accused opposition players of targeting his Arsenal teammate Jack Wilshere, the Daily Express has reported – but Flamini feels the England international has to learn how to handle the added attention on the field.

Wilshere made headlines prior to scoring in the Gunners’ 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion after he was pictured with a cigarette, but having scored Arsenal’s equalising goal at the Hawthorns, Flamini believes Wilshere is ready to generate the right kind of press.

Jack was focused for the game,” Flamini said. “Things like that [the cigarette incident] can happen. He is still young, he has to keep working hard. He is learning. I don’t think that was a problem. The manager talked to him and it is behind him now.

It is not that easy being targeted on the pitch. He plays that kind of game which will draw fouls,” Flamini continued. “He is a technical player, so every time he has the ball he has one or two players against him. He gets kicked from behind or they try to jump on him.

It is not that easy when you are talented and trying to make the difference. So, of course, it is sometimes difficult to keep your calm, but he did it well on Sunday. It was important to score that goal.

Flamini returned to Arsenal this summer after spending five years with Milan. He first joined the London club from Marseille in 2004, and has made more than 150 appearances for Arsene Wenger’s side across his two spells.

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