By Nik Brumsack

Thomas Vermaelen is delighted that Jack Wilshere and Bacary Sagna are back in first-team action - and believes their return will galvanise the Arsenal squad.

Wilshere played 67 minutes in Saturday’s win against QPR - his first competitive appearance since May 2011 - while Sagna was also back after almost six months on the sidelines.

Vermaelen was happy with the performance of both players and is confident having them back will be a big boost for Arsène Wenger’s team.

“He’s an amazing player,” Vermaelen said of Wilshere. “I think he can be one of the best midfielders in the world because what he did in his first year was great.”

“And you could see he looked sharp. In midfield he was a lot on the ball and he can only get better in the following games and he can grow. What I’ve seen today is really positive.

“It’s good that the boss now has choices, a lot of choices because Bacary is coming back and he still has Carl Jenkinson who did a great job at the beginning of the season. It's good that the boss has [these] choices and the squad is getting bigger.''

Wilshere showed no ill effects from his previous injuries on Saturday, and while Vermaelen can understand why fans and pundits alike were excited by his display, he insists the 20-year-old must be handled with care.

“Everyone knows how good he can be and everyone wants him back for the England team as well but don’t forget I've been out for eight months and he has been out for 14 or 15 so that’s double,” Vermaelen said. “I know how hard it will be.

“But what I saw today was positive and we have to be easy with him. It’s going to be a long way to get up to the biggest level.”

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