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Jack Wilshere 'really ready' to play at Arsenal - Arsene Wenger

Jack Wilshere 'really ready' to play at Arsenal - Arsene Wenger
From ESPN - December 7, 2017

LONDON -- Arsene Wenger says Jack Wilshere proved he's "really ready" for a bigger role after pulling the strings in Arsenal's 6-0 Europa League win over BATE Borisov on Thursday.

The Gunners ran riot in front of a half-empty Emirates Stadium, with Wilshere, Mathieu Debuchy and Mohamed Elneny all scoring their first goals of the season to hand Wenger his 700th win as Arsenal manager.

Arsenal had already clinched top spot in Group H, but Wilshere was among several senior players to stake a claim for more playing time in the Premier League.

"Jack's moving forward, and you could see tonight that he's really ready now to play," Wenger said of the midfielder, who has yet to start a league game this season. "He's sharp, he's quick, he's incisive again with his dribble, and technically he was very good tonight. I would say for 70 minutes in the game he was dominant in midfield on the creative side. And that's very good news for us."

Wilshere played in a central No. 10 role as Wenger started with a back-four formation for the first time all season, and made it 3-0 with a well-placed strike shortly before half-time.

Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud also scored for the Gunners against a BATE side that offered little resistance.

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