Football: Wenger hails Wilshere strength of character

Football: Wenger hails Wilshere strength of character

WEST BROMWICH - Arsene Wenger hailed Jack Wilshere's character as the midfielder put a testing week behind him by scoring the goal which sent Arsenal back to the top of the table.

England international Wilshere was reprimanded by his manager after pictures emerged last week of him with a cigarette outside a London nightclub.

Yet he responded by scoring his first league goal in over three years to earn a 1-1 draw at West Brom on Sunday as the Gunners climbed above Liverpool by virtue of having scored more goals.

"He is an honest guy and when he is wrong he knows it," Wenger said.

"Nowadays the players don't get away with anything. We got away with more (in bygone days). They know those are the rules of the game and of modern society. They have to deal with it.

"He learns very quickly. What is more interesting for England and Arsenal is that he shows the right approach on the pitch.

"He had a difficult first half but he has shown he has character and kept going. It is good he was rewarded.

"I don't think he will ever be a goalscorer. He is a player who can create chances and provide chances for others. That is as important. But it is good he knows he can score. Let us not forget we had the same problem with (Aaron Ramsey) a while ago."

These represented the first points the Gunners have dropped since their defeat to Aston Villa on the opening day, ending a run of 10 successive victories in all competitions.

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