JOHN HARTSON has sent social media into meltdown after labelling Jack Wilshere as WORLD CLASS against BATE Borisov.
The 25-year-old set up Theo Walcott for the opening goal against the Belarusian minnows in the Europa League, leaving the former Gunners striker waxing lyrical over him.
Wilshere picked up the ball outside the area after a neat one-two with Olivier Giroud, and with one big touch broke free of the defender.
He then found the ex-Southampton star from six yards out who was all alone inside the penalty area.
Walcott duly dispatched, but the role the former Bolton loanee played in the goal left Hartson with a grin wider than a Cheshire cat.
But as many fans on Twitter pointed out, he simply found his man from a matter of yards away.
Walcott doubled Arsenal’s tally shortly after after latching onto an error from goalkeeper Denis Shcherbitski.
And Rob Holding netted his first goal for the FA Cup champions with a close range finish, before Mirko Ivanic pulled one back with a sublime header.
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Wilshere has impressed since Arsene Wenger has chucked him back in the squad after his injury problems.
A short cameo against Cologne two weeks ago was followed up with 90 minutes against Donacaster Rovers in the Carabao Cup.
And his display against BATE could force him into contention to be included in the starting XI against Brighton on Sunday.
Here are the best tweets about Hartson’s ‘world class’ claim…
John Hartson has just called Wilshere world class because he ran forward
— Matt (@MattOMaraaa) September 28, 2017
John Hartson has just called Jack Wilshere world-class. Grow up John
— Dan Eustice (@dan_eustice) September 28, 2017
John Hartson thinks a wee bust of pace over 5 yards and a cross is world class play?
— Peter (@FoodIsLife83) September 28, 2017
If you would like to sign up for the Jack Wilshere fan club, please simply contact the founder, Mr John Hartson.
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) September 28, 2017
Dear John Hartson,
You can’t be ‘world class’ against BATE in the Europa League. Sorry, but you just can’t.
— Jonny Singer (@Jonny_Singer) September 28, 2017
Wilshere runs past a player and does a 1-2 with Giroud. John Hartson calls it ‘world-class’. Bit far-fetched.
— Sunil Parmar (@Sunil_YG30) September 28, 2017
John Hartson describing Wilshere going past a man and dinking a ball over as “ world class” are you feeling ok John? Idiot
— Andrew Marriott (@Marriott110) September 28, 2017
I think John Hartson loves him more than me though, “that was world class!” ? #AFC
— gaz edwards (@gazed87) September 28, 2017
Get in the bin ffs, is that @JohnHartson10 throwing the ‘world class’ tag in for Wilshere’s assist? ???
— The Professional (@Devil_Red_1878) September 28, 2017
The worst thing about the Europa League? John Hartson’s commentary. Atrocious.
— Toby Irish (@TobyIrish1) September 28, 2017
#BATEvAFC John Hartson thinks Wilshire is ‘world class’ for beating a man and crossing it? Aye alright John.
— Āłłŷ (@allyja) September 28, 2017
John Hartson sounds like he’s been on the cheap Bulgarian ale before commentating on the Arsenal game here. Talking absolute gibberish
— Mark (@mark027) September 28, 2017
@btsportfootball please take the mic off John hartson he’s making micheal Owen sound intelligent
— spencer neil george (@SpenGee) September 28, 2017
*Jack Wilshere plays a five yard pass*
John Hartson “absolutely world class”
— Scott (@Bambyy6) September 28, 2017
Jack Wilshere. Turning it on against the mighty Bate Borisov. John Hartson going on like he’s watching Pirlo
— Paul (@Paul_THFC79) September 28, 2017
I think, correct me if you think I am wrong, John Hartson likes Jack Wilshere
— Olie James (@omarles_) September 28, 2017