Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Wilshere "shattered" after comeback -Denchman admits roughing Jack up -Arteta knows!

Morning Gooners.

The first hurdle in Jack Wilshere's comeback from 14 months of injury hell is over. Yesterday the England star played 63 minutes in a Premier League Under-21 game with West Brom. The game ended in defeat for the Arsenal, but the bigger picture was brighter with Wilshere and Emmanuel Frimpong ending the game uninjured.

Asked how he felt after the game, Wilshere's one word reply was "shattered". Asked by reporters at the game if he was OK, a smiling Wilshere replied: "Yeah, I’m good."

It's great to hear that Jack is feeling positive but I bet he wakes up this morning with lots of aches and pains. After so long out of competitive action, I'm sure he'll be feeling the muscle burn today. But that's a good thing as long as there is no long term side effects to the minutes he got under his belt in the Black Country.

Emmanuel Frimpong has admitted putting Jack through his paces on the training ground.

The Denchman said:
"When you're training with me every day you’re always going to come back with a few knocks so he’s used to that. I've given him a few testers so he's tough."
He added:
"Before training he said, 'When you've been out for so long and injured you want people to knock you about a bit.' He gave Mikael a little tester so Mikael knows he’s back and has to be on his toes."
 Getting Jack back into the swing of things is one of the coaching team's main priorities. I don't believe the Arsene Wenger has any plans to rush the 20-year-old back into first team action ahead of schedule because of the injury to Abou Diaby. We've got to play a longer game with Jack regarding his fitness.

By all accounts he was looking in good shape yesterday but far from the Jack we saw in his debut season. It's clear his skills on the ball have not been lost, but building up his match fitness before throwing him into a first team appearance is the plan. Jack's next outing should be against Reading next Monday.

As always there  are some great images of Jack on the official website.

There isn't much else going on today so far. The only other thing is Gervinho talking about the Chelsea game, but I want to move on from that.

The manager will host a pre-match press conference later ahead of the game with Olympiacos tomorrow night. Let's hope for good news on the Diaby injury front and it's not as bad as initially thought.

That's it for today. More tomorrow.

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