Jack Wilshere, is set for an imminent return to the first team. Any week now expect to see him back in the first team squad, if not playing. It’s almost a certainty that he will get a start in the Capital One Cup, against Reading on the 30th October, perhaps he’ll even play prior to that game at home to QPR in the league. Nobody knows. And when someone knows, ie Wenger. Nobody else will know anyway. Not ’til the time comes at least.
A strong performance against Reading U21’s for Arsenal U21’s has certainly done him no harm in a potential bid to return to first team action by the end of the month. Banfield reported post-match that he had made a ‘big improvement’ from even the week before, and that he was continually getting better everyday in training. Positive. During the match he played a pivotal role in both goals, with crucial balls to players who were then easily able to set up another team-mate. Gnarby and Akpom the goalscorers.
Vermaelen like all of us fans, is delighted at the prospect of Jack’s return. Claiming that in his “first full season… he was amazing” and that he has the potential to “be one of the best midfielders in the world.”
Verm added that “He’s working on his match fitness and that’s the most important thing.” as well as what all of us Gunners are hoping for, “I think in the future [he] will lift the team.” and what a lift it and he could prove to be. A good start to the season considering who we’ve played, and the boost in confidence, not to forget footballing ability that Jack will provide us with is undeniable. A probable 3 pronged midfield with Arteta, Wilshere and best-summer-buy-2012 Cazorla. Likelihood of this to be the case has increased with Diaby’s most recent injury putting him on the sidelines for a period longer than when Jack will hopefully return. Albeit a close call.
In other injury news, Bacary Sagna, a man reported today to be a target of Inter Milan, also played in the U21’s game after 5 months out, after another broken leg. I expect he’ll make a return sooner than Jack, although you can never be certain. Especially what with Jenko playing really well, but we do have a lot of games after the international period, with a return to a game every 3/4 days routine starting at Norwich, then hosting Schalke midweek, QPR at the weekend, the following week at Reading, then a crucial Premier League game that weekend against Manchester United at Old Trafford. And we’ll be in need of getting something there, or we’ll be falling behind further, and although we’d have had the hardest run-in, it will undoubtedly create a pressure or stress for us to do well in all the other games. A situation in which you’d be forgiven for thinking we’ll crumble. Based on past experiences. It seems we play best in a nothing to lose scenario; unfortunately.