Arsene Wenger has praised Jack Wilshere for entering his finest performance yet since his return from injury, but believes the Arsenal midfielder has not yet reached his peak, according to the
Wenger was left purring by Wilshere’s display against West Bromwich Albion, helping the Gunners to a 2-0 victory over Steve Clarke’s side thanks to two penalties from Mikel Arteta. The win takes the Gunners to seventh in the table, two points behind the Baggies, who are level on points with Tottenham Hotspur and Everton, who are fourth in the table.
Wilshere spent almost a year-and-a-half out injured until returning to action earlier this season, but Wenger believes it will be a few months yet before the best of the 20-year-old is seen again. However, having given Wilshere his debut as a 16-year-old, Wenger admits he is excited at the prospect of a fully-fit and in-form Wilshere.
“Have we got our old Jack back? Yes…our young old Jack. But he is not at his maximum yet, but on his showing against West Bromwich he is not too far away,” Wenger said.
He added: “ He excites me, I played him when he was 16 because I saw something. I’m just happy that a boy of 20 can play football because he was out for 15 months. I believe the surprising thing for me is how advanced he is.
“I expected him to be back, next year in February, at his best. He looks much earlier than I expected him to be.”
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