Jack Wilshere on the comparison with Xavi and Iniesta and tonight’s game
Written by Renzo on March 8, 2011 17:50
We are only hours away. At 19:45, Arsenal and Barcelona will kick-off what will hopefully be one of the most entertaining games of football of the season.
Speaking to Arsenal TV Online ahead of the game, 19-year old Jack Wilshere explained that the first leg was one of his best days of his life, a brilliant game with a brilliant atmosphere which saw the Gunners make an impressive comeback in the second half. Full of praise for the fans, the midfielder labeled the night as “special” as he hopes for a repeat tonight.
Asked about the comparison with Xavi and Iniesta, the Englishman confessed the comparison is flattering as the two are amongst the best in the world having won the World Cup last summer. Their touch, according to the youngster, is amazing and it’s very important to know how to defend against such dangerous midfielders.
And on tonight’s game, the 19-year old concluded by saying that the Gunners will not step on the pitch to defend as their mentality is to adopt attacking football which is just what they will do against the Spanish giants tonight.
Ahead of the game, Wilshere said:
[The first leg] was a brilliant game, a brilliant atmosphere, one of the best days of my life, the way we won, we showed great character to come back against the team known as the best in the world so it was a special night and the fans were brilliant as well.
It’s great to be compared with [Xavi and Iniesta]. I watched them in the World Cup and they won [it] so they are the best players in the world and playing against them was brilliant. Their touch is just amazing, first class, you have to know how to defend against them because if you jump in they will just go around you so there’s a lot of things you can learn from that.
[Today] we need to do the same thing [as the first leg], defend well and then try to catch them on the counter. We are not going there just to defend, we’ll have to go there and play our game, try to get a goal and take the game to them.