By Nik Brumsack
Jack Wilshere says he is feeling better with every game he plays, but believes he is not quite at his best yet.
Wilshere was instrumental in Arsenal’s 2-0 win against West Brom at the weekend, driving the team forward as Arsène Wenger’s side moved up to seventh in the Premier League.
“[With] every game that goes past, I feel better and better fitness-wise,” he said. “When I get up to 100 per cent fitness, I can really show what I can do.
“Basically, it’s a totally new team from when I played before. It was always going to take some time, and it will still take some time. The more games that go past, the better I think we’ll get.
“It’s a new experience for me. It was my first injury so I didn’t really know what to expect. I spoke to a few players who have had long-term injuries and they said you come back, have a good game and think ‘I’m back’. Then you have another one where you’re not so good.
“I think [in] the first few games, my adrenaline got me through and I was so up for it. Then you start to realise it’s not as simple as that, and things start catching up on you. I feel like I’m getting back to my best.”
Mikel Arteta’s brace from the spot secured victory for Arsenal, and Wilshere reserved praise for his midfield partner.
“He’s great. Tactically his positioning is probably the best around.
"He’s an older player, so he’s great for the younger players to talk to on and off the pitch.
“I speak to him during the game. I say ‘Mikel if you want to go forward, I can sit.’ It’s quite a good understanding. He knows I want to get forward and try and get on the scoresheet. He’s the same. At Everton, he was our most attacking midfielder. I think it’s a bit of both. But I think he lets me go [forward] a bit more than he does.
“With Santi in front of us, and me and Mikel getting forward, I think it can really blossom over the next few months.”Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source