Jack Wilshere believes he is progressing with every appearance,
but the Arsenal midfielder feels it will be Christmas before he is
‘back to his best’.
The England international returned from 17 months on the
sidelines due to ankle and knee injuries when making his comeback
against Queens Park Rangers at the end of October.
He has made a further four appearances for the Gunners and
agrees with his manager Arsene Wenger that it will be another month
before he is at his optimum level again.
“I had never been injured, so how long it will take for me to
come back is hard [to say], but I feel good,” Wilshere told Arsenal
“On Wednesday night [against Montpellier] we started the game
off sloppily, and I was one of those who kept giving the ball away.
That’s tough when you come back and start badly in a game. But
we’ve got great players here and they keep you going.
“Percentage-wise, I’m probably 80 to 85. I’m feeling better and
better with every game and I think I heard the boss say at
Christmas you’ll see me back to my best. I think that’s probably a
The 20-year-old is also grateful to Wenger for showing his faith
by starting him in the recent high-profile games against Manchester
United and Tottenham Hotspur.
He added: “It doesn’t get any tougher than that – Man United
away and then Tottenham at home – but they’re the games that I want
to be involved in.
“That’s the Premier League. You’re not going to have an easy
game in the Premier League, even if you play the so-called lesser
teams. They’re never easy. The Premier League is known for its
intensity and that’s the same throughout all the teams.
“The quality might get a bit better and the games might get a
bit tougher and you get a few more nerves but the boss showed faith
in me. I needed games under my belt and he gave me them, so I’m
thankful for that.”