Jack Wilshere’s fearless and unpredictable nature made Danny Murphy ‘unsure’ how to play against former Arsenal prodigy
Danny Murphy has underlined the predicaments he used to face when coming up against Jack Wilshere during the early years of his Arsenal career.
Speaking on Wednesday night’s Drivetime, the retired midfielder heaped praise on Wilshere – now on Bournemouth’s books – explaining why his unpredictable nature made him so difficult to play against.
The ex-Fulham skipper told talkSPORT: “I played against him quite a few times – more in my Fulham days – when he was at Arsenal. I had quite a few good tussles with him and I realised quite quickly he was a super talent.
“He was one of those midfielders you get a bit unsure about going after him; because as soon as you go after him too quickly he’ll shoot past you with that burst he had.
“And if you sit off him he had ability to play forward and hurt you with his passing. So it was always a question when you played him: Do I get after him or do I get in his face or be a bit more cautious?”
Wilshere’s tenacious and hard-working nature has always been evident as a player, and Murphy backed that up by saying the former England starlet was never one to moan about challenges and just got on with his job.
“The one thing I liked about him is when you did get after him and give him a decent tackle or a whack is that he wouldn’t moan,” added Murphy.
“He’d give you a little smile and give you it back – even as a young lad. He had no fear and played so freely.
“He kind of changed his game a little bit when he lost a burst and ended up playing a bit deeper for England under Roy [Hodgson].
“And the reason he played that role – and the reason Roy saw him in that role – was because he could take the ball under pressure in condensed areas of the pitch and get you up the pitch and play forward. He was never safe, Jack.”