A Jack Wilshere inspired Arsenal U21 side completed a comeback against Everton thanks to the Englishman’s decisive passing, as he played a key role in both of Eisfeld’s goals resulting in the 2-1 win.
The 20 year old has been 14 months without a first team start after his stress fracture last season sidelined him for the entire campaign, but the midfielder is back to his influential best after another starring role for the Gunners reserve side.
Wilshere was instrumental in both goals, playing in Jernade Meade who set up Thomas Eisfeld for the equalizer before the Englishman assisted the German attacking midfielder for the winner by cutting in from the right and slipping in Eisfeld enabling him to slam home Arsenal’s second.
Wenger revealed that Wilshere is close to his full return as the Englishman sat on the bench unused at the weekend, however his manager believed the match was too intense for a first team return for his prodigy.
Wenger said after the Norwich match:
We have to be conscious he has not played for 14 months. I would have brought him on if the game had allowed it on Saturday but it was too intense.
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There are two aspects [to the recovery]. One is the apprehension to go into challenges when you have too many injuries. On that front he is at 100 per cent.
We even have to calm him down. He goes for every challenge and has no apprehension.
Then you have the physical front – he is OK there. Then you have the match fitness – that is 80 per cent. He needs one more game.
Bacary Sagna and Emmanuel Frimpong also featured for the reserve side as they also close in on first team gametime, however the latter has featured in the Capital One Cup already. Sagna’ return will be welcomed as his experience will bolster the Gunners defence that has been at fault in recent matches.
Wilshere is still unlikely to feature against Schalke this Wednesday, but will probably play a part in the weekends tie at home against QPR before starting in the Capital One fixture against Reading.
It will be exciting to have the youngster back as he can inject some youthful spring into the lineup and take some of the creative pressure off Cazorla. He seems to be back to his best and will be a big influence this season if he can remain fit (touchwood).
Check out the highlights from the match here:
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