Jack Wilshere is relishing the opportunity to partner with Mikel Arteta in the heart of Arsenal’s midfield and believes that he and his two Spanish teammates, Santi Cazorla and Arteta, can become a formidable Premier League force.
Speaking after his side’s 2-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion Saturday, the Gunners midfielder did little to hide his excitement about his future at Arsenal and playing as a part of the midfield trio.
"I think so,” said the 20-year-old, when asked if there is great potential in his partnership with Arteta.
“Especially with Santi in front of us. With him, me and Mikel, I think this midfield could really blossom in the next few months.”
The Arsenal youngster is obviously relishing being back in the first team at The Emirates and highlighted the enjoyment he gets from playing with Arteta and the freedom it gives him.
“He is great,” continued Wilshere.
“Tactically, his positioning is the best around. He is not the biggest lad, but the amount of balls he wins in the air is good. He has adapted well. He is an older player and is great for the younger players. You can talk to him on the pitch and off the pitch."
"I speak to him during the game. I say, ‘Mikel, if you want to go forward, I will sit’ so there is a good understanding there. He knows I want to go forward and get on the scoresheet, but he is the same."
"There is a bit of both, but he lets me go more than he does.”
Wilshere is now playing in a Arsenal squad that is almost totally different to the one he played in before his injury spell, and Wilshere believes that a little more time is needed for him to integrate with the "new" squad.
“It is a new team from when I played before. It will still take time, and the more games we play together the better we will get.”
Oliver Wilson is a Contributor for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained firsthand.