Jack Wilshere says he feels ready to return to the first team after completing 90 minutes for Arsenal Under-21s on Tuesday.

The midfielder started alongside Mikel Arteta and Abou Diaby in a strong-looking second-string side and helped Steve Gatting’s team to a 4-1 win against Stoke City at Emirates Stadium.

Wilshere believes completing a full game is an important step on his road to recovery and the England international is eager to make an impact with the senior side before the season finishes.

When you’re injured you look at your comeback date and the games around that time

Jack Wilshere

“You can train as much as you like but you can’t get that match fitness unless you play,” Wilshere told Arsenal.com.

“In the Premier League you know how quick it is so you have to get back to that speed.

“I feel like I’m ready to play some part. When you’re injured you look at your comeback date and the games around that time.

“The one that stands out is the FA Cup semi-final but even before that we’ve got big games and we’ve got to got to Man United as well so there’s a chance to play this season.”

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Max Jones 7 Apr 2015