Kamis, 27 September 2012

Wenger welcomes return of Jack

Wilshere: Will play on Monday afternoon

The England playmaker has missed well over a year due to a serious ankle injury but will feature for an hour for the young Gunners away at West Brom.

Wenger said: "It is another important step, but he has not played for 14 months so we have to calm your impatience a little bit.

"It is fantastic for him. When you are at that age and are out for such a long time, that is absolutely massive to take."

Wenger warned, though, that England's World Cup qualifiers against San Marino, at home, and Poland away next month would "be too early for him".

Fellow midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong has also returned to fitness, having been sidelined by a knee problem for over seven months, and came through a 20 minute cameo in the thumping Capital One Cup third-round victory over Coventry unscathed.

He will feature alongside Wilshere against the Baggies while full-back Bacary Sagna is back in action at Arsenal's London Colney training ground but is at least a week away from returning to first team contention.

With Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky only "two weeks away and (Poland's Wojciech) Szczesny two or three weeks away", the quality of the Frenchman's playing squad is increasing after a good start to the season.

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