Arteta thumbs-up for rested colleagues Wilshere and Oxlade-Chamberlain to do well in Brazil

Their club colleague, Mikel Arteta, believes the two young and fellow midfielders can thrive in Brazil despite their recent absences.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, left, will likely be fresh for the World Cup, according to Mike Arteta, his Arsenal teammate. Darren Staples / Reuters
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, left, will likely be fresh for the World Cup, according to Mike Arteta, his Arsenal teammate. Darren Staples / Reuters

DUBAI // Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain may be better prepared to perform for England at the World Cup as a result of their recent injuries.

That is the view of their Arsenal midfield colleague, Mikel Arteta, who believes the two young players can thrive in Brazil despite their recent absences.

Wilshere played a bit part in Arsenal’s FA Cup final win on Saturday, having returned to the substitutes’ bench after two months out with a foot injury.

A groin injury meant Oxlade-Chamberlain missed out on the match-day squad entirely, even though he has been named in England’s 23-man squad for the summer showpiece in Brazil.

However, Arteta thinks both players could be better served for missing a significant portion of a taxing domestic campaign.

“Jack looked very good in training in the last week or so, as well as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain,” Arteta said yesterday, speaking at The Sevens, Dubai.

“I think they are two players with tremendous talent and if they get a chance in the tournament, they can show it.

“Who knows? It could be good that they haven’t played 45 or 50 games, as they are going to be fresher as they were injured for that period.

“They have three or four weeks to prepare well physically and they might get into very good condition. I hope they do.”

Arteta attempted to play down expectations regarding another young England midfielder, though.

Arteta was a former clubmate of Ross Barkley at Everton, and he believes the hype surrounding the emerging midfielder is premature.

“It is important that there is not too much pressure on his shoulders, because he is still young,” Arteta said.

“He is still young, it was his first full season in the Everton first team and he hasn’t played many games. Hopefully they don’t rush him too much.”

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Published: May 21, 2014 04:00 AM

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