Jack Wilshere's comeback went into overdrive with a second outing for Arsenal's Under-21 side. The twenty-year-old made a return to match play for the first time in 14 months in Arsenal's Under-21s' 1-0 loss to West Brom last week, where he played only 63 minutes.
After that match, Wilshere came out of the defeat unscathed. After a full week of training he was again on the side of the Under-21s' clash with Reading. He played for 74 minutes on the field and had a key role on a strong Arsenal side who won 2-0.
Wilshere felt his way back into action against West Brom, he had more of a stronger role against the Royals. His distribution was naturally clean and he moved better than he had before his serious injury. Arsene Wenger has to be anxious to get him back on the pitch for the first team before Arsenal plays Manchester United in November. Not that it's vital to have him back to defeat United, but it wouldn't hurt to have him in the rotation if Wenger needs him.
Performances in Under-21 clashes aren't the best determiner if you'll be able to perform well with the first team. The Premier League this season seems as competitive as ever and Wilshere will have to be eased into the line-up gingerly. Wenger has eased a lot of players into his rotation after serious injuries many times over his career.
Wilshere has been out for 14 months with ankle and knee injuries. Thomas Vermaelen is confident Wilshere will hit the ground running once he is back on the first team. Vermaelen even said that Wilshere is stronger than ever and has the potential to be one of the best midfielders in the world.
Arsenal's captain told Arsenal Player, "You know what he did in his first full season for Arsenal - he was amazing. For me, he can be one of the best midfielders in the world. He has the potential for that."
Can a player coming off a serious knee and ankle injury become one of the best midfielders in the world? That remains to be seen, but maybe he should focus on being the best midfielder for Arsenal or the best in the Premier League for now.
Vermaelen said that Wilshere has been spending a lot of time in the gym. The gym is an important part of rehab and Wilshere seems to be taking his return very seriously.
David has been an Arsenal fan for nearly a decade.
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