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Arsenal Receive Boost as key Playmaker Eyes Imminent First-Team Return

England star may even feature against Vietnamese national team on Wednesday. 

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Arsenal have received a lift after midfield player Jack Wilshere declared that he is now fit and raring to go ahead of the new season after months of injury problems, reports the Daily Mirror.

The England international has been forced to endure an injury-ravaged past two years after initially suffering a stress fracture to his ankle playing against the New York Red Bulls in the summer of 2011 that subsequently ruled the 21-year-old out for five months.

However, after making his comeback from that injury, the playmaker then suffered the same problem again and was ruled out of the remainder of the 2011-12 campaign, in total being sidelined for 17 months and not featuring for the north Londoners for a single game in that entire season.

But in the previous campaign, the attacking midfield player finally made his long-awaited return to the first team, playing in 33 matches in total in all competitions, registering two goals and six assists in that time, including five assists in his 25 Premier League outings for the Gunners.

And having now had two screws removed from his ankle earlier this summer, Wilshere says that he is feeling fit and cannot wait to get back on the field of play again.

“It’s such a big year for me – and it’s a long season as well. In a long season, you will probably have to manage it, be a bit careful, especially with the World Cup at the end of it,” said Wilshere in Hanoi.

“But I feel physically good. I’m a bit behind at the moment – I wasn’t able to do much for about six weeks, but then I had a programme to follow and I feel good.

“I think I will play some part here. I’m a player who wants to play every single game, so it’s hard for me to watch games.

“It was tough last season, especially at the end when I picked up the other injury and I came back and wasn’t really playing like myself – like I can do.

“I haven’t had a pre-season for two years and it’s like you’re always playing catch up.”


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