After the loss of Cameroon midfielder Alex Song to Barcelona just before the start of the season, Jack Wilshere couldn't return sooner for the Gunners. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that England midfielder Wilshere could be back in action within a month.
Wilshere has been unable to play since before the start of last season after a series of setbacks as he struggles to recover from an ankle injury.
After the Liverpool win, when Wenger was asked about Wilshere's progress, he said, "Wilshere is looking very good in training. It depends what you call close, but I would say in a month he should be starting to play again."
However, Wenger believes, after Arsenal's strong showing against Liverpool, as strong as his midfield is that there is no guarantee that Wilshere will go straight back into the starting line-up.
I like the idea of Wilshere having to work to get his place back in the midfield. Wenger's midfield is made up of Mikel Arteta, Santi Cazorla, Francis Coquelin and Tomas Rosicky. Wilshere will not be able to just jump in there without showing Wenger that he can contribute like those four.
A lot of Arsenal fans have probably forgotten how much of an asset Wilshere was before his ankle injury. It's feasible he could return to a team with nine other outfield players together with whom he has never started with. His return to the pitch will most certainly be thrilling for Arsenal and England fans.
Wilshere had a first-team breakthrough year in 2010/11 before his disappointing injury the next season. His debut season saw him make 49 appearances in all competitions. He was quickly seen as the most exciting young English midfielder of his generation. Wilshere won the PFA Young Player of the Year award.
Many accolades came to Wilshere early, but now he has to show Wenger and his teammates that it wasn't all a fluke. If he can get back to ninety percent healthy by at least January, Arsenal's midfield could be playing for a Premier League championship.
Three shutouts in a row against three above average clubs has been impressive, but with the addition of Wilshere, maybe they could shutout one of the Manchester teams. Its wishful thinking on my part; however, in this league, you never know who'll shutout who.
Note: I've been an Arsenal fan for nearly a decade. My cousin got me interested in the club at a young age.
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