Jack Wilshere made his long awaited return this past Monday night, and the England international looked extremely impressive during our 3-1 win over Hull.
Having injured his ankle against Manchester United back in November, Wilshere has struggled for fitness in 2015. He has played a number of games with the U21s in order to get some level of form and fitness back, and Arsene Wenger claims he is finally ready to return to first team action.
The 23-year-old replaced Aaron Ramsey just before the 70 minute mark, and had an instant impact on the game. His first involvement was a vintage run through midfield, ghosting past several players before being fouled on the edge of the box.
Wenger was pleased with Wilshere’s return, and insisted that for the first time since his injury he had his burst back.
“He’s full of energy and he has found his burst back. That’s positive, of course,” the manager told Arsenal Player.
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“I’m not surprised how he played. I brought him on at 3-1 where it was not obvious. If I had any doubt I would not have brought him on. I said in the press conference on Friday that it’s the first week where he has found his acceleration in training. You could see that tonight. We still have to be patient. He has been out for five-and-a-half months.”
The manager claims we have to be patient with him, as he will take some time to return to his best. With just a handful of games remaining before the end of the season however, he will have plenty of time to recover over the summer.
With the team playing so superbly at the moment, it’s hard to see where Wilshere fits in. He’s a fantastic option to have available however, so hopefully he can remain fit for a while. He needs to remain injury free if he wants to progress in his career, so fingers crossed the worst of his injuries are behind him.