The Barcelona legend noted the Gunners' involvement in developing the player's talents, saying "he doesn't play the English way," as quoted by the Mirror's John Cross:
If he had a career that had been injury-free we would already be talking about him as one of the top central midfield players in Europe.
I have played against him, I have watched him carefully, and if he can overcome injuries, then he can still go on an be one of the best midfield players in the world.
With all respect, he doesn’t play the English way.
He has an excellent passing range, an ability not to lose the ball, it is clear that he has had his education at Arsenal.
For many years now the one position England have not struggled with is world-class midfield players. Scholes, and then more recently Lampard and Gerrard.
Now I see Wilshere as the future of English football, that is why it is so important they keep him fit.
The 35-year-old's comments will come as a boost to the England international, who has not featured this term due to an ankle problem, per Sami Mokbel of the MailOnline.
The talented midfielder only started nine games in the Premier League for the Gunners last season, according to WhoScored.com. His injuries have forced his career to stall after exceptional promise.
Wilshere has failed to start more than 20 league matches in a season since 2012, and he has fallen down the pecking order after the arrivals of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.
The player recently described the hardship and bad luck he has faced in recent times, but said he is on the comeback trail, per Sky Sports' Goals on Sunday (h/t the Mirror's James Whaling):
[The recovery is] going well. It’s frustrating, of course. I think mentally this one was the toughest to take because I had a good pre-season and it was literally the day before the Charity Shield. I was ready, I was fit, I was in the team and I was going to play then all of a sudden a tackle and I was out. I’m pain-free now, I’m out of the boot, I’m off the crutches and I’m moving around now which is good.
Camp Nou full-back Dani Alves previously stated he believed the player could be the heir to Xavi's throne at the Catalan club.
David Kent of the MailOnline reported the Brazilian's comments to the Telegraph where he stated he was impressed by Wilshere's displays, saying he would sign the midfielder for his club side if he had the power.
The 23-year-old has been incredibly unlucky when it comes to being fit and healthy, but his career at Arsenal will be questioned on his return to action.
Manager Arsene Wenger has one of the most talented midfields in Europe, and it is difficult to see where Wilshere now fits in.
The Gunners need to address the defensive duties of their core, and Wilshere has qualities in this area. However, he is not a defensive midfielder by trade, despite his ability to retain the ball in deeper areas of the pitch.
The player will not be allowed to develop as an attacking force, as the likes of Ozil and Sanchez retain their positions further up the field, forcing Wilshere to be patient as he waits for a starting berth to materialise.