Arsene Wenger says that Jack Wilshere is close to being considered for Premier League action, and insists the 90 minutes he played against Doncaster last night will have helped his comeback from injury.
The midfielder is still on his way back from a broken leg, but was the Gunners outstanding player last night against the League One outfit.
The Arsenal manager was keen to keep that performance in context, but admitted that the 25 year old is in his thoughts for more important fixtures in the league.
“I think you have to put this game into perspective,” he said. “It has not exactly the intensity of a Premier League game, but it’s important for him to build him up gradually.
“For me he is available now to play and the decision I have to make is when to play him, but I think this kind of game in its 90 minutes at that intensity repeated and then he will soon be back.
“You see that in his movement it is natural and after that everybody is looking at him because of course everybody expects him to come back to his best and I wish that as well.”
His quality would certainly add something to our midfield, so let’s hope he’s come through last night without any aches or strains, and he could be in the squad against West Brom on Monday if that is the case.