Jack Wilshere says Arsenal have finally replaced Cesc Fabregas by signing Mesut Ozil
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is confident that Mesut Ozil can finally fill the void left by Cesc Fabregas.
Last Updated: 28/11/13 1:54pm
Wilshere viewed Fabregas as a role model while learning his trade at Arsenal and was bitterly disappointed when the Spaniard returned to Barcelona in 2011.
The England midfielder also played alongside the likes of Robin van Persie and Samir Nasri, but he believes Fabregas' departure was the biggest loss for the club.
Ozil's summer arrival has added more creative spark to Arsenal's midfield and Wilshere has backed the German to enjoy similar success to Fabregas.
"The one I was really upset about leaving was Fabregas, I learned so much from just watching him," he told Arsenal's official website. "He's similar to me starting at a young age.
"I was the most upset about him leaving. But to arrive I'm excited about Ozil, he's settled in nicely.
"His first game away at Sunderland he got an assist and was man of the match.
"He plays the Arsenal way and I think there's a lot more to come.
"He's so comfortable on the ball, right foot, left foot.
"If you look at his stats he runs the most, he makes it look easy but that only masks how hard he works."
Wilshere has rediscovered his best form in recent weeks and scored twice in Tuesday's 2-0 Champions League win over Marseille.
The 21-year-old was dropped earlier in the season by manager Arsene Wenger following photos of him smoking outside a nightclub, but he is grateful for the Frenchman's guidance.
"He's been the main person in my career: he gave me a chance when I was 16," said Wilshere.
"He gave me special care, put his arm around me, he picked me out and gave me the chance to train with the first team every day and that helped my career massively, just learning from the way they play.
"Sending me on loan to Bolton, learning to play the Premier League way, that was important too.
"Some games I didn't play well but he still stuck with me when I made mistakes. If you make mistakes he sticks with you, and that's huge.
"I feel like I've been around for a long time now, I should be used to playing week in, week out.
"I'm 21 but in football ages I'm a bit older than that. I've got a few years' experience and hopefully that can help me, so I'm looking forward to the next three to four years."