By Chris Harris

Jack Wilshere says the presence of "proper footballers" like Santi Cazorla has helped him make a smooth return to first-team football.

The 20-year-old is back in the Arsenal side after a 17-month injury lay-off and he is busy building on-pitch relationships with a number of new faces.

Six of the players who started Wilshere's comeback match against Queens Park Rangers - Per Mertesacker, Andre Santos, Santi Cazorla, Mikel Arteta, Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud - were not at the Club when he made his previous Premier League appearance at Fulham in May 2011.

"It is strange because last time I played was with Fabregas, Nasri, Alex Song [and] Robin van Persie," said Wilshere. "Now there’s the likes of Podolski, Giroud, Cazorla [and] Arteta.

"I think the boss has done excellently. He’s bought well. These players are proper footballers - they understand the game and they’ve been around. You look at someone like Lukas Podolski, he’s got over 100 caps for his country.

"They’re top players and it’s easy to come into a team where they understand football so well. To play with someone like Santi Cazorla is so easy. He understands football, even little things like the pace of the pass he gives you, and his movement is outstanding."

Watch the full interview with Jack on Arsenal Player

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14 Nov 2012