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Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere ‘deserves great credit’ after scoring first league goal since 2015

PUBLISHED: 23:28 03 January 2018 | UPDATED: 08:45 04 January 2018

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere put Arsenal ahead with a wonderful left-footed strike on 63 minutes against Chelsea

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere put Arsenal ahead with a wonderful left-footed strike on 63 minutes against Chelsea

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Jack Wilshere again won plaudits for the quality of his performance for Arsenal, this time against Chelsea in the entertaining 2-2 draw at the Emirates on Wednesday evening.

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere and Chelsea's Eden Hazard (right) battle for the ball during the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London. Arsenal's Jack Wilshere and Chelsea's Eden Hazard (right) battle for the ball during the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London.

His Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hailed his display as the Gunners grabbed a point after a late Hector Bellerin strike pulled the home side level after Marcos Alonso thought he had grabbed the winner for the West Londoners minutes earlier.

However it was Wilshere’s performance which again grabbed the eye, capped off by a sublime left-footed strike on 63 minutes which put the Gunners 1-0 ahead.

Unfortunately for Arsenal fans his first goal since May 2015 against West Brom was swiftly cancelled out by a disputed penalty award after Eden Hazard went down easily despite there appearing to be minimal contact with Hector Bellerin.

Anthony Taylor pointed to the spot as Hazard soon picked himself up to slot home the spot-kick.

Arsenal's Granit Xhaka and Chelsea's Tiemoue Bakayoko (right) battle for the ball Arsenal's Granit Xhaka and Chelsea's Tiemoue Bakayoko (right) battle for the ball

However, while Wenger slammed the award as ‘farcical’ he found time to praise the Hitchin-reared midfielder who celebrated his 26th birthday on New Year’s Day.

Speaking after the game Wenger said: “It was a great football game. Jack Wilshere is at a level where not many people expected him to be.

“I would say everybody had given up on him.

“He deserves great credit.”

Chelsea's N'Golo Kante and Tiemoue Bakayoko (right) challenge Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette during the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London. Chelsea's N'Golo Kante and Tiemoue Bakayoko (right) challenge Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette during the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London.

The point saw Arsenal remain in sixth place 21 points behind champions-elect Manchester City.

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