Arsenal midfielder Wilshere nearing full fitness

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is excited to regain full fitness following his return from long term injury, reports the Daily Telegraph.

Wilshere missed all of the 2011/12 season with a series of injuries, but has made eight appearances for the Gunners this season, scoring one goal in the process. And whilst the 20-year-old is pleased with his performances so far, he also admits he’s still not back to 100% fitness. “I have got better every game. I’m maybe 90%. I’m not sure. Every game that goes by, I feel better and better fitness wise,” Wilshere said.

When I get up to 100%, I will really show what I can do.

The England international says that the long-term injury layoff was a learning experience, and something he is still learning the deal with. “It’s a new experience for my first injury. I didn’t know what to expect. I spoke to a few players who have had long term injuries. They said you will come back and have a good game and you think ‘I am back,’ then you will have another game and you are not so good,” Wilshere added.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is also relieved to have Wilshere back, although he admits he is not rushing the midfield playmaker back too quickly. Following Arsenal’s 2-0 win over West Brom on Saturday, Wenger commented on Wilshere, saying: “This is the first time I see him very, very close to the player he is. We have to see if he has no reaction. It was good to leave him at home in midweek, to give him a breather from time to time.

But Wenger admits that when it comes to big games, Wilshere is a player he struggles to leave out of the team. In his last full season in 2010/11, Wilshere cemented himself as an up-and-coming talent, turning out 49 times for the Gunners, scoring twice.

When he plays at that level, and you are under the pressure we are under to win the games, it is difficult to leave him out,” continued Wenger. “Jack analyses his game well and is very demanding with himself, he works hard in training.

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