Wilshere will come back from injury nightmare better than ever, says Walcott
07:38 GMT, 25 September 2012
Theo Walcott has told Arsenal and
England fans not to worry about the effects of midfielder Jack
Wilshere's injury, saying: 'He hasn't lost it.'
Wilshere, aged 20, is back in full training with the Gunners after missing 14 months with ankle problems.
Buzzing: Jack: Wilshere getting stuck in
'It's nice to see him back,' forward Walcott said in The Sun. 'He's the sort of player that's just different.
'He spots things that no one else does and he hasn't lost it, trust me.
'He's buzzing, he's getting stuck in and that's what he wants.'
After more than a year on the sidelines, Wilshere's journey back to Arsenal's first team is almost complete.
Nightmare: Wilshere has been missed by club and country for 14 months
Arsene Wenger admitted on Friday
that there were times when the midfielder, who has not played a Barclays
Premier League game for Arsenal since a 2-2 draw with Fulham on May 22
last year, feared he might not make it and was angry at the time it has
taken to recover from operations to his ankle and knee.
But Wilshere's hard work and dedication is about to pay off and Wenger
is convinced he will be razor sharp in the centre of midfield within
The Arsenal manager said: 'He has had ups and downs, maybe more downs over the past 14 months.
'We have to be cautious because he has been out for a long time and it takes a while to get back to match fitness.
'I have never had any doubts, but when you are so young, and to be out for that length of time, is a good test of mental strength.
'I didn't doubt he would be back, but you would have to ask him if it crossed his mind – I would say yes.
'I am certain he will be a better player. If you have this type of injury after the age of 25 it is different.
'After three months competition I am sure he will be back to his best. It takes time to find that little burst again.'
Wilshere will continue to work at Arsenal's training ground in the coming days and will play in a development for the Under 21 team when he is fully fit.