Jack Wilshere today played his first game in over a year as he started for the under 21′s in their game against West Brom at The Hawthorns. Wilshere’s last game for Arsenal came in August 2011 in a pre season game with New York Red Bulls, where he picked up an ankle injury, which then led to various other injuries, culminating in him having Knee surgery in May.
Now after well over a year out and with a couple of weeks of training under his belt, Jack’s back. Wilshere started in a midfield which included Emmanuel Frimpong also making his first start after being out with a long term injury, Wilshere played in the advanced midfield role, occupied by Santi Cazorla in the first team. Here are some of the various bits of commentary from the first half of Wilshere’s comeback which was being tweeted by @ArsenalLive …
“So close! Wilshere charges through the midfield and slips a lovely ball behind the defence to Yennaris but his shot is saved (17) 0-0″
“It’s been a composed display from Jack Wilshere so far. He’s been neat and tidy, and played some lovely passes off that left foot (38) 0-0″
“Half time: West Brom 1-0 Arsenal – Jack Wilshere has been lively and showing no ill effects from his injury problems at all encouragingly”
Into the second half and early on came a moment which would have seen Arsenal fans everywhere holding their breath, Wilshere went down and the phsio was called on, fortunately he bounced straight back up again and he continued probing at the West Brom defence…
“Wilshere runs at the West Brom defence again, but his through ball for Yennaris has too much on it and the West Brom keeper collects (51)0-1″
After getting just over an hour of play under his belt Wilshere was replaced by Kristoffer Olsson…
“So a good hour-long workout for Jack Wilshere, who did well without being quite at his best understandably (63) 0-1″
The under 21′s went on to lose the game with West Brom, a first half strike from El-Ghanassy, giving them a 1-0 win. But the most important thing is that Jack had a good run out for an hour, against what looked to be a very competitive West Brom side, he seemed to be in good form, making those trade mark runs at defenders and searching out those killer through balls to his team-mates.
Despite Abou Diaby’s injury I’d be surprised to see Wilshere back in the first team just yet, I’d imagine Wenger will want him to get a bit more action with the U21′s first, after being out so long it will take him a few games to get back into the swing of things, and after all his set backs I don’t think there’s any chance he will be rushed back, my guess is that next Monday’s U21 match at home to Reading is likely to be the next time we’ll see him in that number 10 shirt again.
But hopefully it won’t be too long before he’s back playing in a midfield alongside, Arteta and Cazorla…. the mind boggles at how good those three could be together.