Arsenal beat Doncaster Rovers 1-0 at Emirates to qualify for the next round of the EFL Cup, but possibly the biggest news of the day was that Jack Wilshere played the full 90 minutes, and more than that, he was great.
I wanted to keep him on. It was the ideal game. You have to put the game into perspective. But it was important for him to build him up
Arsene Wenger told reporters after the match, talking about why he chose to leave Wilshere on the pitch until the end.
For me he is available now to play – I have to decide when to play him. He needs 90 minutes of that intensity to be repeated
the Arsenal manager also said, obviously satisfied with the 25-year-old, who made his second appearance of the season, after playing in the last part of the Gunners’ Europa League game against FC Cologne.
As for the win over Doncaster, which came thanks to a Theo Walcott goal in the first half, Wenger looked perfectly fine with the fact that Arsenal qualified, even without impressing.
We started well. We had a good pace to our play but slowly lost our passing a bit. After that we did the job, even if we didn’t have the style or flair
were the Frenchman’s words.