Arsene Wenger says Jack Wilshere has matured both on and off the pitch and promises the midfielder will have more opportunities to prove that he’s not just fighting fit but also back to his best.
Wilshere netted for the Gunners for the first time in 928 days as the Gunners rounded off their Europa League group with a 6-0 win over BATE Borisov last night.
His all-round performance, which included an assist, hinted that the player could now challenge for a place in the boss’ preferred Premier League XI.
“You will see more of him because he had a little fracture [before] the start of the season, but now I would not even say he is coming back – he is back,” Wenger told his post-game press conference.
“The next step is for him to be competitive in the Premier League and to fight for his place in the team. He will get games, he will get the opportunity to show that Jack Wilshere is back.
“I would say this is the most mature Wilshere I have seen, in the game and outside the game. He is not excessive, he has taken a distance from the pressure that was always around him.
“He is a special talent and since he was 17 all the attention in the country was on him. He has gone through huge disappointments, but now he is a father and a happy father.
“You can see he thinks with a different perspective and I personally feel this is the most mature, balanced Wilshere I have seen.”