Wilshere thinks he can emulate Ramsey, says Wenger

The midfielder scored both goals in the 2-0 home win over Olympique de Marseille on Tuesday night to leave the Gunners on the verge of a place in the Champions League last 16
By Greg Stobart at Emirates Stadium

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has challenged Jack Wilshere to score more goals and says the midfielder is learning from Aaron Ramsey's feats this season.

The midfielder struck twice in the 2-0 home victory over Olympique de Marseille on Tuesday night to leave the Gunners top of Champions League Group F with 12 points and on the brink of qualification for the knockout stages.

Wenger recently suggested the England international will never be a regular goalscorer but the French coach said he would be happy to be proved wrong after the 21-year-old’s goals against Marseille.

“No [I don’t think he will be a goalscorer] but I have nothing against it. If I'm wrong then I’m happy,” the Arsenal boss said.

“I like his first goal because in the past he has rushed a little bit. He’s starting to think, ‘What Ramsey can do, I can do as well.' He’s calm in front of goal and the first goal shows that.

“It’s a joke about Aaron but it puts in his mind that he has to score goals as well. Certainly, when you’re a midfielder you want to score goals.”

Arsenal will be guaranteed a place in the last 16 of the Champions League as long as they avoid losing by three clear goals to Napoli in their final group fixture, but Wenger confirmed he will field all of his big guns at the San Paolo.

“I will play a full team,” he vowed. “I have to rotate a little bit until then though. We have three league games just before we go to Naples, so I have to use my squad well without dropping points in the league and go there with a strong team.

“It’s unbelievable [not to have already qualified with 12 points] but it’s the reality. It’s the first time I’ve seen that in over 150 Champions League games.

“We have to finish the job. It’s not an easy situation. It’s tricky because you could think ‘just don’t lose big’ but I think it would be a mistake.

"We have to put in our head to play positively and go there to win. To play not to lose would be a gamble.”