Arsene backs Jack to become the new Rooney
Arsene Wenger believes Jack Wilshere can be Arsenal's Wayne Rooney.
The Hertfordshire-born 17-year-old may have missed out on a call-up to the England Under-21 squad for the friendly against Holland next week, but much is expected of the tenacious young midfielder.
Wilshere netted twice in the recent 3-0 victory over Rangers to complete an impressive weekend at the Emirates Cup, in front of watching England manager Fabio Capello.
There have already been calls for the player to be considered by Capello for the 2010 World Cup.
Wenger has called for patience with the teenager, who was fast-tracked into the first-team squad last season.
However the Gunners boss feels Wilshere has all of the potential to make a big impact at the Emirates Stadium — just as Manchester United and England star Rooney did with Everton when he was a similar age.
“He reminds me a bit of Rooney when he started, in his belief and his positive attitude to go forwards,” said Wenger.
“For the rest, he has still a lot to learn, but there are some great basics there.”