There may be a few Arsenal players, both past and present, who will be wanting a little word with our England international star Jack Wilshere after this. The 23-year old who has been with the club since he was nine years old was asked to name the best 11 players that he has played with and only three of his current team mates at Arsenal made the cut.
The video on the Arsenal YouTube channel features the player looking like he has just been woken up after a three day drinking binge and it does not look as though there will be a career in presenting waiting for him when he hangs up his boots, although I suppose the likes of Michael Owen and Alan Shearer have managed it so why not?
Anyway, the three players currently with the Gunners that Jack picked are; the star of last season Alexis Sanchez, our Spanish midfield magician Santi Cazorla; and our French centre back Laurent Koscielny. So no room for Ramsey, Ozil, Rosicky, Coquelin and the rest.
As well as possibly cheesing a few of his colleagues off, Wilshere has risked the wrath of some Arsenal fans by going for some players that we have never forgiven for leaving, with Ashley Cole his left back choice, Samir Nasri in right midfield and Cesc Fabregas in the middle. Here is the complete team in a 4-4-2 formation:
Sagna, Terry, Koscielny, Cole
Nasri, Fabregas, Gerrard, Cazorla
Wilshere said of Joe Hart, “I’ve played with him a number of times for England. He’s very commanding, covers the box well and great to have in goal.”
On Sagna, “This was a tough one as I’ve played with lots of good right backs. He was the right-back when I broke into the team and he was always helpful to me. We’re still good friends and we still stay in contact.”
And of Cole he said, “He was the best left-back in the world when he was playing regularly. I’ve played with him for England and against him and he’s always tough to play against.”
And John Terry, “He was great for me as captain when I broke into the England team. He’s been there and done it. What a great leader.”
While he said this about Koscielny, “I’ve played with him for a number of years and watched him grow into a world-class centre-back. When he arrived people wasn’t sure about him in his first season but he’s proved them all wrong. Now, he’s all class.”
On Fabregas Jack said, “He was a role model for me in my younger days at Arsenal. He was the player all the young players looked up to as he got into the team at 16 and everybody wanted to do that. When I got into the team he was my captain and he was very helpful.”
On Gerrard, “He captained me a number of times when I was growing up.”
He said of super Santi, “This one doesn’t need much explaining. Everyone knows what he can do. He can play on his left or his right foot and he can create things. He’s like a little magician. This one was an easy decision.”
And nasty Nasri, “When I played with him in my first season at Arsenal he was different class, scoring loads of goals. That season he scored 15 goals from midfield and got over 10 assists. He was different class.”
Then on Alexis, “I’ve only played with him 20 times. As a midfielder he’s always giving you an option. He’ll run in behind, come short. it’s a dream come true.”
And finally on the England captain, “I’ve been to a World Cup with him. He’s a great character and a great person to have around the group. His football speaks for itself. He’s been going for over 10 years for England… he still does it.”
At least he didn´t pick that little boy in Manchester I suppose, but do you agree with his pick and if not, why not?