If there was a positive from yesterday’s 0-0 draw with Sunderland it was the sight of Jack Wilshere making his first team return after eight months sidelined with a fractured fibula.
The England international, 24, came off the bench on 84 minutes and successfully completed ten of his attempted 11 passes. He’s now got three more Premier League games to persuade Roy Hodgson that he’s worthy of a call-up to England’s EURO 2016 squad.
Obviously pleased to feature in his first league game since the last day of last season, Wilshere told Sky Sports: “It was great to be back on the pitch. For me personally, it is massive, great to be back involved with the first team.
“You can train, you can play with the under-21s all you like but that is where it really matters out there. There is a lot of difference quality-wise.
“The tempo is faster and you are playing against a team in Sunderland who are fighting for their lives – they need to stay up this year – so I think it [the difference] just comes with the occasion, it is a big game, better quality players and it is quicker.”
Wilshere added: “Knowing the boss he is not one just to put me in there because I haven’t been involved all year he must feel I am ready. I have got another big week’s training trying to get fitter, sharper and we will go again next weekend.”
It’s probably a bit too soon for Wilshere to start a game, so Arseblog News fully expects him to be thrown into the fray between 62-67 minutes when Norwich visit the Emirates on Saturday evening.
Fingers crossed he’ll score a tap in with his arse so we can indulge in our annual debasing of Match of the Day’s ‘Goal of the Season’ vote. Right now, it’s all about the small victories…