By Chris Harris

Jack Wilshere says he is "getting up to speed" with a new style of play - and a string of new Arsenal team-mates.

The England midfielder has played five first-team games since returning from a 17-month lay-off in October and in the process has shared a pitch for the first time with the likes of Santi Cazorla, Mikel Arteta, Lukas Podolski and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Wilshere admits it will take time to get on the same wavelength but he expects Arsenal's midfield to scale new heights before long.

"I think I half have [got used to it]," Wilshere told Arsenal Player. "It’s a different team from the one I was playing [in] back in 2011 because there was Cesc and Nasri and players like that, and now obviously there’s new players.

"I think I’m slowly getting up to the speed of the way they play, and getting used to the way they play. I think over the next couple of months, I’ll get more and more used to the likes of Santi Cazorla and Mikel Arteta and we’ll really grow as a midfield.

"It’s a big part of our game - going forward. They’re all new players. The defence has not really changed. There’s Per who’s come in but apart from that it’s the same. The way we play when we go forward, I have to get used to that.

"It [Montpellier] was my first game with Chambo and he’s been here [for] a year and a half and that was my first game with him. It was good to get on the field with him. He’s a great player. It’s good to have another English lad in the team and he’s really come on.

"When he first came here a year and a half ago, he was a good player but now you can see how much he’s grown. His confidence is a joke for his age. It’s good to have him in the team."

Cazorla and Wilshere's on-pitch relationship is blossoming and the 20-year-old is hugely impressed by Arsène Wenger's summer signing from Malaga.

"[People say] he’s the signing of the season and I agree with that," said Wilshere.

"He’s been great. His style, he’s just so silky and the way he beats a player. He’s only a little lad but he gets stuck in. He plays like a Spanish player with an English heart.

"He’s not afraid to put his foot in and he’s been great for the team and he’s a great lad as well."

Watch the full interview with Jack on Arsenal Player

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23 Nov 2012