Jack Wilshere has highlighted the big difference between himself and the likes of Emile Smith Rowe at Arsenal right now.
Wilshere knows what it takes to come through the academy and make it into the first team. He did it when he was just 16, much younger than the likes of Bukayo Saka and Smith Rowe.
Our two young attackers have been brilliant so far despite their age, but the former Gunners star believes that he had a luxury back in the day that Smith Rowe and co don’t really have at Arsenal right now.
Wilshere: Smith Rowe will need more time to develop at Arsenal
He told The Athletic: “There’s a good group of young players, which I feel is probably the best since me, Aaron Ramsey and Kieran Gibbs came through. These players need a few years.
“The difference is, I came into a team of world-class players and they really helped me: Cesc Fabregas, Robin van Persie, Samir Nasri. They were all brilliant and I could learn from them. That’s why it’s going to take a bit more time because there is more responsibility on these young players.
“I thought Emile Smith Rowe was the best player on the pitch at Brentford (in the season opener) but he’s going to take more time to develop because he hasn’t got the support system around him that I had.”
The Insider’s View:
In theory, Wilshere’s comments make sense. Van Persie, Fabregas and Nasri were world-class players who any youngster would’ve loved to play alongside. However, the trio won nothing at Arsenal, while our current senior players already have.
The likes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Granit Xhaka, Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding all have tons of experience under their belts. They can have just as big an impact on the younger players as our past stars did.
Our senior players have already helped the likes of Smith Rowe and Saka come a long way since their debuts. They are developing at the right rate at the moment and Arsenal have nothing to be worried about on that front.