Wenger piles praise on Wilshere

Robin van Persie scored in each half to take his league tally to 10

for the season but the Gunners could have had several more, with

Theo Walcott, Cesc Fabregas and Andrey Arshavin all unfortunate not

to join the Dutchman on the scoresheet. Wilshere, who was arguably

better than all of them, has been in the spotlight like never

before this week after making his first England start against

Denmark and finding himself likened by Fabio Capello to Claude

Makelele. The former Chelsea midfielder was renowned as a

no-nonsense defensive midfielder who rarely crossed the halfway

line. Wilshere has just one Premier League goal to his name this

season but, as he showed with some fine runs at a shellshocked

Wolves backline, he appears to have more to offer. Wenger would not

be drawn into disagreeing with Capello but is pleased with

Wilshere’s contribution at both ends of the pitch. Asked about the

Italian’s Makelele comparison, Wenger said: “It’s very difficult

for me to speak about that, as you can guess. “But Jack is a

talented player who can defend and attack. “He had a very good

game. He defends well, he attacks well, he creates, he has

assists.” The one thing notably missing from that list is a

tendency to score goals. Wilshere conjured a presentable shooting

chance for himself against Wolves with score at 1-0 but watched

Walcott shoot wide after opting to pass. Wenger once saw a similar

reticence in Cesc Fabregas and believes it will not be long before

Wilshere is a regular scorer. “He is a very confident lad but he

has not scored yet. Cesc was like that for a while,” said Wenger.

“I believe he will score soon because he looks very close. “He has

a hesitation some time to shoot himself and chooses to always give

the ball. When he is a bit more confident he will score goals.”

After seeing off domestic relegation candidates Wolves, Arsenal’s

next challenge is to overthrow European giants Barcelona in their

Champions League meeting on Wednesday. Wenger revealed that Samir

Nasri has an outside chance to play some part in the match as he

approaches his return from a hamstring injury. It was thought the

playmaker would need at least another week on the sidelines, but

Wenger said: “I wouldn’t say he has no chance (of playing against

Barcelona). I would say there is a chance.” Wolves boss Mick

McCarthy was brought back down earth unceremoniously after the

highs of last week’s shock win over Manchester United. He admitted

his side were thrashed and praised Arsenal for their all-energy

display. “There was a murder going on there and we could do nothing

about it,” he said. “They’ve murdered us. All over the park from

one to 11 they were better than us, stronger than us, quicker than

us, passed it better than us. “I don’t want to get beaten but I

have to admire the way they play and the class they have. “We have

been done today but I admire the way they play and aspire to that

level of performance.”