June 19 2013 Latest news:
Monday, February 11, 2013
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes that Jack Wilshere can play like Lionel Messi and be able to take the hits that opposition players will inevitably give him.
The 21-year-old was forced off against Sunderland with a knock and the Frenchman wants to see his starlet be given more protection.
“I think he can handle that [the rough treatment],” Wenger said.
“I don’t want to talk too much about being singled out as I don’t want to transform the player to a paranoia attitude.
“Just be natural and play your game and it is down to the referees to protect him when it is needed.
“The way he plays must take a toll, but it’s his game and he has to take that gamble. His game is to take the ball and go at people. Messi does that as well and he plays without being injured.
“You can only make a career with the string aspect of your game and that’s his strength.