Updated: 21/09/2012 10:41 | By pa.press.net

Wilshere returns to training

Jack Wilshere has been sidelined for 14 months

Jack Wilshere has been sidelined for 14 months

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits it seemed like Jack Wilshere had spent "an eternity" on the sidelines after the England midfielder finally returned to training on Thursday.

Wilshere did not feature at all for the Gunners last season because of a niggling ankle problem which also ruled him out of contention for Euro 2012. However, the 20-year-old has stepped up his rehabilitation, joining up with the first-team squad training session ahead of the weekend's Barclays Premier League trip to Manchester City.

Speaking to the club's official website, www.arsenal.com, Wenger said: "We are so pleased that Jack is back in full training. It has been 14 months and that is a long time for someone at his age. It is an eternity, but it is great news."

Wenger added: "We have to give him a few training sessions to see how he copes and responds to it, that is the delicate, sensitive stage - to choose when to bring him in and out.

"We will have to handle that day-by-day."

Combative midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong is also closing in on a return, having been sidelined by a serious knee injury suffered while on loan at Wolves in February.

Wenger added: "We also have Emmanuel Frimpong who has returned to full training this week, which is great news as well.

"Emmanuel has also been out a long time, but is progressing well."

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is battling to be fit from an ankle problem which saw him miss the midweek Champions League win in Montpellier.

20/09/2012 19:22
I hope he gets back to 100% without any problems.
20/09/2012 19:18

Wilshere glides about the pitch like a young Liam Brady, quality player. Great news for the Gunners that he's on his way back after so long out. Like Fletcher returning to the United side, a real boost.


The question has been asked, 'but who will be dropped to accomodate him'. The days of being dropped in this context are longer over, the top teams and the top managers routinely rotate the first 11 from their squad of 25. Sir Alex has even started to rotate his two keepers because they are both top draw. Times are changing, and Jack is back. Best of luck to the lad.

20/09/2012 17:27
What a player. Just means Arsene has a good problem when he is fit to play. Who to drop. Must have one of the best young and protentially great sides yet again. Lets hope it stays together this time... No I'm not a Arsenal supporter, but credit where credit is due eh!
20/09/2012 17:27

it will be like a 20 million pound signing

when he gets fit.


20/09/2012 20:41
go jack ..... best midfielder in the premiership
20/09/2012 17:21

Finally great news for both Arsenal (& England). No doubt will be chomping at the bit to get back into 1st team action will need to keep a cool head as over enthusiasm could lead to a few yellow cards


Jack's Back (well almost)



20/09/2012 18:50
The big question is, will he get in the team? The way Arsenal are playing, it would be difficult to drop any player. The next match at the Etihad should give a clearer picture of both teams and their championship credentials.
20/09/2012 22:26
good to see you back in training jack ,you are a good little player and may it continue for a very long time its good to know that a british player has been missed , good luck mate ,from a queens park rangers fan , all the best
20/09/2012 22:38
About fecking time! Really want this kid in my Fantasy football team hehe
21/09/2012 09:53
I would have written a constructive post welcoming back one of englands best prospects for many a year, but stupid idiots, who can barely string 3 words together would only jump on the bandwagon and slate me, you all know the type of ****-c-ing ****--s i am talking about, dont we boro bear,adam(the LEG-end charlie sheen) and of course Sha the C-nt !! get a life boys,
Arsenal are completely different this season (un-beaten in the last 5). The defence are stronger and Mannone is a safe pair of hands (unlike butter fingers Shecsney ). Arsenal were completely written off after RVP moved to United with pundits asking where the goals would  come from, and I will admit after the first 2 games so was I,(although now that has been put to bed). now with Wiltshire back on track Arsenal have more options but I still dont think he will be back for a while might get 10-20 minutes of the next home game but Arsenal have enough midfielders so it might not even be that soon. Should be a good game against City, Arsenal and City have everything to prove with a chance to go top. David Reid hit the nail on the head though will City park the bus or come out and play? To close to call either way,Big spending City or quick to gel bargain basement (compared to city) Arsenal?  I will be on my way to Montreal during the game so I will check msn when I get there. C,mon the Gunners!!
class player, good to see him back, fingers crossed he can stay injury free.
21/09/2012 07:36

The only thing that's going to prevent Arsenal from winning on Sunday is the ref or Joe Hart!!!

Then it'll be Chelsea's turn the following week.....let's see if they park the team coach in front of the goal and hide behind it or actually do come out to play a game of football!

21/09/2012 10:15

Will be fit enough for the next england game too. Another good young blood. When one looks at the good young blood available for Roy, he has plenty of chances to disband the whole lot of the Rooney, Lampards, Downing etc. etc. and improve the team greatly.

 I know, the FA still want theold has beens that never were. They cling to this notion that the fans want to see them. Lescott and Terry and JT make great subs. As would gerrard and Parker....

21/09/2012 05:30
that is great news to hear if jack is bank hope we gonna kill man city eassily on this sunday
21/09/2012 01:27
It will be interesting to see how he gets on when he moves to a big club---thank god owen coyle got hold of him when he did--wenger would have ruined him by now--look at wallcot--sack wenger.
21/09/2012 00:31
he,ll be injuried again after one maybe two games, hes just a young owen hargreaves
20/09/2012 19:13
Jack wheelchair finally making a comeback! lol
20/09/2012 19:36
my worry is that he turns into another van-persie,always injured then 1 very good season and then leaves for Manchester

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