By Rob Kelly

Arsène Wenger is delighted to see the "special" Jack Wilshere back in action again - but warns it will take time before he returns to his very best form.

The England international started his first Arsenal game in 17 months in Saturday's 1-0 victory over QPR, and caught the eye with an encouraging performance.

Wenger was pleased with his protege's display, but admits there is a danger that some will expect too much too soon from the 20-year-old.

"I must say that danger is permanent in England!" the manager said. "He was cheered a lot, but I don't think it was because people expected too much of him. It was just a happiness that he was back.

"People have to be a little bit patient to see the best of him again. Even if he's not 100 per cent today, he still shows in aspects of the game that he is a classy player.

"He is special. People who understand football understand that he is a good player. He has that typical thing where he can turn and take the ball forward, which is very difficult for a midfielder. He still lacks a little bit of ability to get away from people, but he will get that."

England are due to face Sweden in a friendly international next month, but Wenger thinks it may come too soon for Wilshere.

"Jack should skip that," he said. "What is important now is that he gets back to full fitness for this team. Once he is back he will play for England again.

"I will speak about it with Roy [Hodgson], but what is important now is that he gets back to his level."

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28 Oct 2012