Jack Wilshere says he is “another step closer” to full fitness after making his return from injury on Friday.
The England international played 65 minutes of the under-21s’ 3-1 win over Newcastle United in his first appearance since last summer’s Emirates Cup.
It has been a long wait for Wilshere and his next target is simple - a first-team comeback.
"I was here on Monday for the FA Youth Cup. I have seen them before and I have seen them train. There is a lot of quality and there are a few there with real quality"
“That is the aim,” he told Arsenal Player. “I have said before I want to go to the Euros and I know that I have to get back into the Arsenal team. I have to persuade the England manager and Arsene Wenger that I should play.
“I felt good. It is nice to be back at Emirates Stadium and play my first game. I know that I’m not there yet, not quite ready to play in the first team but it is another step closer to my fitness.
“You can train as much as you want, but the toughest thing is getting competition ready with the players and this all helps.”
Tomas Rosicky enjoyed a comeback of his own on Friday, playing the first half in his first outing since getting injured against Burnley in February.
“He looked sharp,” said Wilshere. “He still has that change of pace over those first five yards and he can still play the final ball. He was looking sharp.”
And the England midfielder reserved praise for his younger team-mates on a night that saw Dan Crowley, Stephy Mavididi and Serge Gnabry find the net.
“I have seen them all before,” said Wilshere. “I was here on Monday for the FA Youth Cup. I have seen them before and I have seen them train. There is a lot of quality and there are a few there with real quality.
“They want to be in the first team and that is their main goal, to play in front of 60,000 people. It is still nice.”
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