Mikel Arteta has delivered his verdict on some of his Arsenal team-mates – and has likened Jack Wilshere to a Spanish bull!
Gunners midfielder Arteta reckons the England star is a tough proposition when it comes to getting off the ball – and has even gone into detail about the strength in his legs.
Arteta said: “Firstly, have you seen his quads? They’re massive! He’s got a low centre of gravity and it’s very hard to push him off the ball.
“He’s like a little Spanish bull! As for his ability, Jack possesses a rare quality: he can eliminate players for fun, and when he shifts the ball from defence to attack, you just can’t catch him.
“He’s learned a lot and has the pressure of already being an important player for England, so his maturity is key.”
And Arteta says Mesut Ozil was shy when he first joined the club from real Madrid in the summer but that he has settled well now.
He said: “We’re going to have fun with Mesut. It’s tough coming to the Premier League when a club has shelled out £42m for you, but he just clicked.
“He gives us something different and has the natural talent to find space in that No10 role, which is not easy to do. At first he was shy, but it’s an easy changing room at Arsenal and we’re starting to get to know the real Mesut. Along with the other Germans, he’s certainly involved himself in all the banter!”
Former Everton schemer Arteta has also extolled the qualities of his compatriot Santi Cazorla, who he believes has an unerring accuracy when it comes to passing.
He added: “We’ve developed a great relationship, and even our wives have become friends! Santi’s a lovely guy who gets on well with everyone and is always smiling.
“His biggest attribute is his vision and range of passing with both feet: he can deliver a 60-yard ball on a sixpence. Even though he’s not the toughest or biggest, he’s adapted to the English game and has become a very important player for us.”