Jack Wilshere has been quietly satisfied with his displays this season - but is convinced he can go up another level in the next campaign.

The England international missed 17 months of competitive action with ankle and knee injuries, but made his comeback against Queens Park Rangers in October.

He went on to make a further 32 appearances during an encouraging first season back and admits it was great to pull on an Arsenal shirt again.

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 “From a personal point of view it has been good season for me, especially after last year,” Wilshere told Arsenal Player.

“I played no games last year, so to get 33 under my belt this time was great and it puts me in good stead for next season as well.

“Hopefully I can get more games under my belt, improve my form a bit more and get back to the level I know I can get to.

“I had a good run of games after my injury, then I picked up another injury, which set me back a bit. But before that I was pleased with my form and how the team were playing.”

The speed of Wilshere’s return to top form surprised many - including the player himself.

“I played in the reserves a few times and if anyone had seen me they would have known it took me a while to get back to my best,” he said.

“From when I played my first first-team game, it did happen quite quickly [that I found my form] and I was surprised and delighted about it. But the games beforehand… they were not good to be involved in!”

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Rob Kelly 22 May 2013