Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere admits he has been delighted to finally make the long-awaited return from injury as he made his first appearance of the 2015/2016 season in the goalless draw against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
The England starlet worked really hard in an attempt to put the injury nightmare behind him and he was rewarded with a substitute appearance in the 0-0 draw with Sunderland, as he came on as a late substitute for Mesut Ozil.
Wilshere looked lively in the closing stages of the game, and he obviously hopes to secure more playing time between now and the end of the season.
“It’s the best feeling. All those late nights and long days in the gym, this is when it really pays off,” Wilshere told the Arsenal Player.
“You can do all the training, you can play for the under-21s to build your fitness up, but what really matters is playing for the first team and getting back on the pitch, so I’m really happy.
“I felt good. In my first under-21s game, I didn’t really feel that great. In the second I felt better and in the third I felt as though I was able to get through 90 minutes and have an impact on the game.
“I spoke with the boss (Arsene Wenger) in the week, he felt the same and I travelled to Sunderland. It’s a big week for me in training, getting fitter and sharper. Hopefully next weekend I can get some more game time and go from there.”
Wilshere now hopes to make few more appearances until the end of the season and prove his fitness so that he is considered for the England Euro 2016 squad.
“I’m not saying that I’m there yet, this is just another step on my way to full recovery. There’s a few games left and after that, hopefully I’ll go away with England to the Euros. It’s an exciting time.”
Jack Wilshere has been held in high regards by the England boss Roy Hodgson, but it remains to be seen whether the experienced manager will be prepared to take the risk with the Arsenal starlet.
With Jordan Henderson also struggling for fitness, Hodgson could decide to take the talented midfielder to France after all, knowing that he can be a great impact player and an excellent option to have on the bench.
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