Arsenal boss Wenger warns Hodgson over Wilshere

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that England’s use of midfielder Jack Wilshere in a deep-lying midfield role risks stifling his ‘match-winning qualities’, Sky Sports has reported.

Since the qualifying campaign for Euro 2016 began in September, England boss has elected to play Wilshere in a deeper role, and he impressed in the recent victories over San Marino and Estonia, results which leave the Three Lions with a perfect record from their opening three Group E fixtures.

At Arsenal, Wilshere is normally deployed ahead of a holding midfielder and often comes forward in support of the attack, and Wenger believes that his current role for England could be detrimental to his talents in the final third of the pitch. “Jack has more experience and he mixed well his long balls and kept his individual capacity to make a difference, that is what being a midfielder is about,” he said.

“He is not a ball-winner. I believe he is more a guy who you want to get close to the final third, to keep him deep you take a big part of his efficiency away. Jack is a guy who likes to penetrate when there are many people, he can provoke free-kicks, he can create openings.

“It (a deeper role) would be detrimental to his strengths and a position which is not his strength.”

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