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Jack Wilshere thrashes home the winning goal.
Jack Wilshere has worn the No. 10 shirt on his back since returning from injury. Tonight, he was given a rare chance to play in the position most strongly associated with that number: that of a central playmaker, just behind the striker.
Afterwards, Arsene Wenger was hesitant to confirm whether or not he will keep Wilshere in that role, but did admit:
He is a guy who can dribble and give a final ball, so the closer he is to goal, the better it is. He has quality and enthusiasm, and love for the game. That is the most important thing to me.
Wilshere is following the same evolutionary path as Cesc Fabregas, who began first time-team career in a deeper role before advancing to play as a goalscoring No. 10.
If the switch is half as successful for Wilshere as it was for Cesc, Arsenal will have some player on their hands.