The Battle of the Wunderkinder: Young gun Wilshere can learn a lot from Bayern's midfield general Schweinsteiger

If Jack Wilshere needs an example of how to survive in the rarefied air of Wunderkind World then he will encounter a role model at close quarters on Tuesday.

Bastian Schweinsteiger once sparkled in the gloom for Bayern Munich and Germany much as Wilshere does now for Arsenal and England.

He was catapulted onto the scene, tipped for greatness and threatened briefly to crash out of control before finding his direction and maturing into one of the world's finest midfielders.

Young gun: Wilshere

Midfield general: Bastian Schweinsteige

Young gun: Jack Wilshere will face off against Bastian Schweinsteiger on Tuesday evening

At 28, Schweinsteiger has become the "heart and motor" of the Germany team, according to Joachim Low, setting the tempo and imposing his personality. It is a role Wilshere, 21, can grow into for Arsenal and England.

'The character he has shown coming back in the last few months after a long injury and getting back to his fitness level is amazing," said Mikel Arteta. "He is a bigger winner and we want him to show that.'

Talking tactics: Jack Wilshere and Arsene Wenger (left)Talking tactics: Jack Wilshere and Arsene Wenger (left)

This, however, is Wilshere's biggest challenge since his return from injury, far greater than an international friendly against a poorly-prepared Brazil team.

Can he and Arteta dominate Schweinsteiger and Toni Kroos? Can they stem the supply to Bayern's flying wingers?

Can he make Arsenal play, coaxing the best from those ahead of him? Can he control his temper if the tie starts to slip away? It is central to this tie.

Can he be what Schweinsteiger has been over time at Bayern? It is central to Arsenal's future.
Bastian Schweinsteiger

How they compare

Jack Wilshere faces Bastian Schweinsteiger, a key match-up that could decide the fate of the game. So, how does Arsenal’s young gun compare to the German midfield general?


Jack Wilshere....Name....Bastian Schweinsteiger
5ft 7in...............Height.................6ft 0in
0.................Major Trophies...........14
0.....................Int goals...................3

Best assets?


First touch, passing, dribbling at pace


Tackling, reading the game, composure

Greatest moment?


A man-of-the-match performance against Brazil at Wembley


Winning a fifth German domestic double with Bayern

Worst moment?


Missing out on Euro 2012 due to injury.


Losing to Spain in the 2008 Euro final and losing in the semis of a home World Cup against Italy in 2006.
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