Wenger enthused by midfield partnership

20 October 2010 08:30
Arsene Wenger believes Cesc Fabregas and Jack Wilshere can forge a formidable partnership at the heart of Arsenal's midfield after watching the pair combine to demolish Group H rivals Shakhtar Donetsk 5-1 and all but secure a place in the last 16 of the Champions League. Arsenal made the Ukranians look ordinary, barely getting out of second gear as Alex Song was gifted an early goal following a terrible fumble by Shakhtar goalkeeper Andrei Pyatov - and Arsene Wenger's men never looked back. In-form winger Samir Nasri smashed home to make it 2-0 before the break, with Fabregas' spot-kick ending the game as a contest on the hour. Wilshere and Marouane Chamakh completed the rout. Croatia striker Eduardo, sold by Arsenal during the summer, netted a fine consolation goal on the return to his former club with seven minutes left, which brought a round of applause from the home fans. Fabregas had been out since mid-September with a hamstring problem, while Wilshere had a point to prove following his headline-grabbing red card against Birmingham on Saturday. "I am convinced it works well together," said Wenger. "Cesc just came back in this game, but Jack has a good maturity level. You never think he is 18 when plays and overall they combined very well."

Source: PA