Wilshere hails family influence after making Arsenal return

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has paid tribute to the help of his family and particularly his young son Archie as he made his long-awaited return to the Gunners first-team after 15 months on the sidelines with ankle and knee problems.

Wilshere played 67 minutes of his side’s 1-0 Premier League win over Queens Park Rangers on Saturday afternoon and according to the Daily Mirror, could hardly contain his delight when speaking to reports in the aftermath.

I’ve got my son now and I don’t know what I’d do if it wasn’t for him,” said the 20-year-old England international. “He helped me massively. No matter what you go through, when you go see your son, you’re happy. For a couple of months all I was looking forward to was going home to see my son.

For any player to have four months out is tough but to have a year out and another couple of months is really frustrating. When you’re nearly back a couple of times then have another setback it’s really hard to take.

Wilshere shone as the Gunners laboured a return to winning ways following consecutive defeats against Norwich and Schalke in the Champions League, and the Stevenage-born man added that he did not expect to be given the starting nod by boss Arsene Wenger.

I didn’t expect to be starting. When the boss told me, I was shocked. He just said, ‘I’m going to play you from the start, I think you’re ready and see how you feel after 60 minutes.’ After 60 minutes I was just dead!

Following the victory, the Gunners moved up to fourth place in the Premier League table only to be pushed back down to sixth after positive results for both Everton and Tottenham the following day.

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