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Gibbs: Wilshere is a world class player

10:45 17 January 2013

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Arsenal's Jack Wilshere hands off Swansea's Leon Britton during the FA Cup Third Round Replay at the Emirates Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 16, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Arsenal. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

Kieran Gibbs has hailed Jack Wilshere as world class after his goal saw Arsenal past Swansea and into the fourth round of the FA Cup last night.

The England international lashed in from 20 yards with just four minutes of normal time remaining the break the deadlock at the Emirates Stadium to continue his impressive recovery after spending all of last season on the sidelines through injury.

“To be honest, I thought he was close to his best when he first came back,” Gibbs told Arsenal.com. “I of all people know what it’s like to come back from injuries. It’s not easy at all.

“He’s come straight back into the picture and for me he’s a world class player and a pleasure to play with.”

Gibbs netted in the original 2-2 cup draw against the Swans at the Liberty Stadium earlier in the month but believes the Gunners’ performance in the replay should act as the blueprint for their remaining home games.

“We have to start on the front foot,” he said. “When we do that, teams find it difficult to play against us. We have to keep that in mind.

“This can be a really lively and intimidating place, especially when everyone is up for it. We need to be doing that every week so that people know that when they come here, they’re not going to get an easy game.

“Performances on nights like tonight are what we want to be doing on a regular basis.”

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