Wilshere open to replicating England role with Arsenal

Jack Wilshere has said he would happily play as a holding midfielder for Arsenal as he does for England, but Arsene Wenger doesn’t see him in that position, ESPN has reported.

Wilshere has been used as the deepest midfielder by England boss Roy Hodgson and won acclaim for his showing as the Three Lions beat Scotland on Tuesday. He also played the position against Slovenia and has revealed he’d he happy to do so for the Gunners, but Wenger has him pencilled in elsewhere.

“I wouldn’t mind playing it at Arsenal and I’ve already spoken to the manager about it, and he doesn’t see me playing that role just yet,” Wilshere confirmed. “I enjoy my role for Arsenal as well because I can get a bit further forward, but I wouldn’t mind to play the holding role for Arsenal.

“That’s the manager’s decision,” he added. “At the moment, I think Arteta is injured and Flamini is playing that role. It’s down to him. If he wants me to play there, I’ll play it.”

Wilshere was asked if he had entered his best England performances in the deeper position and conceded that he probably had. “Yes, I’d say that. I’m really enjoying my new position,” he continued.

“I’ve said before, after the first game in Switzerland, that I’d only get better and better. It was my first game ever playing in that role,” he went on. “The main thing is the coaches are getting their points across in terms of what they want me to do, not just over here but when we’re away from here. We’re working on it, because I don’t play that role for my club, but I am really enjoying it.”

Wilshere has 26 international caps now to his name, without scoring, since his debut under Fabio Capello in 2010. The 22-year-old has made almost 150 appearances for Arsenal and also had a brief spell at Bolton Wanderers in the 2009-10 season, playing 14 times.

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