Gunners man watches former Reds star on his iPad.
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has revealed a desire to mimic the style of play of former Liverpool star Xabi Alonso, according to the Daily Mirror.
The England international has had an up-and-down career so far, but is hoping that he can learn from the intelligent passing style of the Spaniard, now of Bayern Munich.
“I have been watching Xabi Alonso on video in the past couple of weeks. He had a record number of passes in one game, 200 in one match, which is ridiculous,” he explained.
“Watching players like him and Andrea Pirlo you learn how intelligent they are on the ball. In that role it’s important to understand that if you lose the ball the opposition are in a dangerous position to counter-attack.
“You learn how they use the ball and you learn when it’s a good time to dribble or sometimes pass. I enjoy playing that role. I enjoy getting on the ball and starting attacks.
“I get clips of Alonso through on my iPad. The analyst guys here send them to me and they highlight some of his key points, his key strengths. It’s a 20- to 25-minute package.”