Jack Wilshere has been out injured since November, but is nearing a return to first team action; claiming he is ready to play a part in our end of season push, according to Arsenal’s official website.
The 23-year-old played a full 90 minutes with the Under-21s against Stoke this past Tuesday night, with match fitness key to his return to the starting XI.
He insists he’s ready to get back involved with the senior side after recovering from surgery, but stressed the importance of match fitness in the Premier League.
“You can train as much as you like but you can’t get that match fitness unless you play,” he said to Arsenal.com.
“In the Premier League you know how quick it is so you have to get back to that speed.
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“I feel like I’m ready to play some part. When you’re injured you look at your comeback date and the games around that time.
“The one that stands out is the FA Cup semi-final but even before that we’ve got big games and we’ve got to go to Man United as well so there’s a chance to play this season.”
The England international lined up alongside fellow first-teamers Mikel Arteta and Abou Diaby during our 4-1 win, with young striker Alex Iwobi impressing with a well taken hat-trick.
We still have a huge number of crucial games before the close of the season, and squad depth could prove hugely important.
It’s fantastic to see Wilshere edging closer to a return, and hopefully we’ll see him back in the first team fold sooner rather than later.