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Mikel Arteta top scores as Jack Wilshere returns to action (sort of)

Simon Rice

fifa 210x300 Mikel Arteta top scores as Jack Wilshere returns to action (sort of)Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has joined Wayne Rooney as one of the faces of EA Sports’ Fifa franchise. The 19-year-old adorns the front cover of Fifa 12, the latest release in the hugely popular football game series.

The England midfielder joins the likes of Kaka, Ronaldinho and Thierry Henry who have all also featured on the front of the game in the past.

Wilshere, currently crocked and out for up to five months, is a self proclaimed addict of the Fifa series. Tweeting this week he said: “#FIFA12 has not been turned off yet haha I am getting good! Arsenal are deeecent! Arteta is my top goal scorer! #gooner4life”

Yet Wilshere is not the only footballer who, ahem, likes to play with himself. Although the game isn’t officially released until tomorrow, it seems advanced copies have been finding their way into various players’ Xboxes and Playstations already. Here, we bring together some of the reaction on Twitter…

Shaun Wright-Phillips:
“Been playing #FIFA12 all night. Goodbye social life! Get it bought!”

Joey Barton: “Off to Loftus Rd now to give out lessons in #FIFA12 .I shall be mainly using counter-attack…”

Wayne Rooney: “Played #FIFA12 last night. Brilliant. Defending is completely different and takes time to master. More realistic and better FIFA12″

Sammy Ameobi: “Finally got my #FIFA12 this morning, I’d be lying if I said I was going to play myself every single game! Thanks @EA SPORTS”

Tim Cahill: “Proud to be on Fifa12 cover with @Wayne Rooney and @KAKA, and also to have the EFC kit on. #COYB”

Anton Ferdinand: “Jus got 2 #fifa12 launch can’t wait 2 play it!”

Wilshere will be taking part in a meet and greet at GAME’s flagship store on Oxford Street this Friday. When the doors open at 9am, the first 80 customers who purchase Fifa 12 will be given wristbands to have their copy of the game signed by the Arsenal midfielder at 4pm later that day. Wilshere will also put his skills to the test with a match against one customer.

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