Jack Wilshere insists he is over the worst of his injury problems and is ready to help Arsenal challenge for silverware this season.
Wilshere spent 15 months on the sidelines before returning to action for the Gunners against QPR last October, helping his side reel in Tottenham in the race for the top four.
He needed more surgery this summer on a long-standing ankle problem, but now the England international is adamant he is ready to play a full part again.
“It’s so hard for me to sit and watch because I’m someone who wants to play every game,” he told reporters. “It was particularly tough at the end of last season, especially when I picked up another injury and came back and wasn’t playing like I can do. It’s really annoying when you cannot perform as well as you know you can.
“Now there are no long-term injury issues for me. They took the screws out of my ankle, which were causing me a problem and, hopefully, there will be no further issues."
Wilshere admits that he is has some catching up to do, but he feels he's in for a big year with Arsenal.
“I’m a bit behind the other lads in terms of fitness because I wasn’t able to do much for six weeks after the operation," he said. “I will play some part during this tour of the Far East and, hopefully, I can have a good preseason — which I haven’t done for the last two summers.
“This is such a big year for me. The aim is to play the full season for Arsenal and then, hopefully, go to the World Cup in Brazil with England.”