Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola admits the emergence of Jack Wilshere at Arsenal has surprised him.

Wilshere more than held his own against the likes of Xavi and Andres Iniesta in the first leg of a captivating Champions League tie and Guardiola admits that the meteoric rise of Arsenal's midfielder has shocked him.

"Wilshere is a top player. He has been a big surprise," admitted Guardiola.

"I did not know him at the beginning of the season but he is an excellent player, not just Arsenal but also for the [English] national team.

"We have many players like him in our second team and it is very good news for football to have players like him."

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