Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger praised midfielder Jack Wilshere’s exceptional contribution to the Gunner’s 4-2 Europa League victory over BATE Borisov on Thursday night.
Wilshere, limited to just two Europa League appearances this season, impressed with his creativity in a number 10 role and the French coach said the 25-year-old was edging closer to his best.
“He had an outstanding first half and he did fight until the end. I think he is on a good way back to his best. He has shown that tonight,” the manager told the club’s website.
The 25-year-old English star made 27 league appearances for Bournemouth on loan last season, his biggest run of domestic outings since the 2013-14 season and Wenger hoped the player would stay fit going forward.
“He is at an age where a player normally gets to the best of his career. He is on the way up and he has only been stopped by a series of injuries,” Wenger added.
Olivier Giroud scored his 100th goal for the club with a penalty, while Theo Walcott hit a brace and Rob Holding opened his account as Arsene Wenger’s side went top of group H.
Arsenal return to Premier League action when they host newcomers Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday.