Wilshere comes through next test

Jack Wilshere, Bacary Sagna and Emmanuel Frimpong continued

their comebacks by featuring in Arsenal’s Under-21 side on Monday

night.

England midfielder Wilshere has been sidelined since June 2011

with ankle and knee problems, but he played 74 minutes as goals

from Serge Gnarby and Chuba Akpom sealed Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over

Reading U21s at Underhill.

Frimpong is nearing full fitness after suffering a serious knee

injury on loan at Wolves, while full-back Sagna is recovering from

a broken leg and they also improved their match sharpness.

Arsenal reserves coach Terry Burton is pleased with Wilshere’s

progress.

“He rode challenges better which is a big part of his game,”

Burton told Sky Sports News. “He likes to keep the ball close to

defenders to put them out of the game and I think he did that

better tonight.

“I think his final pass was good. For me, it was a big

improvement on his previous performance.”

Burton admits that Wilshere’s rehabilitation has been a gradual

process, but he is pleased with his determination to return to

fitness.

“It’s only normal it does come in those stages, it doesn’t

happen overnight,” he said.

“He’s worked very hard with the fitness people, he’s been back

in training in our group for a couple of sessions as well and he’s

been first class in those.”