In a tight and tricky second leg of the League Cup semi-final, it was Arsenal who came out on top at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners hit back after Eden Hazard’s opener with two fortunate goals but Arsene Wenger will feel his side made their own luck, especially during a second half in which his side firmly imposed themselves on the opposition.
It was a solid team performance from Arsenal that required commitment in all departments, but midfielder Jack Wilshere – who has been enjoying a fine flurry of form since returning from injury – once again stood out in central midfield. His ability to maraud through the middle of the park was a key factor in the match, completing the most dribbles of any player on the pitch, while the 34-cap England international weighed in with the most tackles of any Arsenal midfielder, three, and completed an impressive 93% of his passes.
It goes down as the latest in a string of fine displays from the 26-year-old, who now looks a shoo-in for England’s World Cup squad if he can keep fit until the summer. But it does also leave Wenger facing something of a selection headache in the engine room; likeminded midfielder Aaron Ramsey, who shares Wilshere’s penchant for surging forward into attacking positions, is now available for selection as well after recovering from his own injury layoff.
The Welshman was in fine form at the start of the season but due to his offensive tendencies, there are doubts over whether both he and Wilshere can fit into the same midfield – especially if Wenger reverts back to 3-4-3 in the coming weeks. With both performing well this term then, Wenger has a decision to make; does he choose between one or the other, play both together or push Ramsey further forward? Let us know by voting below…