Jack Wilshere has returned to first team training and is closing in on a first competitive start for Arsenal in over a year.
The midfielder’s fitness woes have been well documented, but finally, after over 13 months sidelined by both ankle and knee problems it looks as though he could again challenge for a place in Arsene Wenger’s starting line-up.
As well as being a boost to the player himself, the news has also excited his fellow squad members with Mikel Arteta quick to praise the England international’s qualities.
“It’s going to be a big boost for everyone, starting with us players because he’s going to raise the quality in training” Arteta told Arsenal Player.
“The fans have been waiting a long time. We get Jack’s enthusiasm in training. I know what it’s like to be out for a long time and you can see how excited Jack is about being back in training and about showing how good a player he is.
“He’s going to bring something to the squad and more quality to the team. That can only be good for everyone.”
No doubt Arsene will use Wilshere sparingly at first recognising that such a long spell on the sidelines usually brings with it further niggly injury problems.
Hopefully the experience gained from reintegrating the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Thomas Vermaelen, Eduardo, Tomas Rosicky and Abou Diaby will stand him in good stead.
Of course, Arseblog News certainly welcomes the latest news on Jack’s return to fitness all the same.