Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere will return a better player, says Arsene Wenger

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is backing Jack Wilshere to be a "better player" when he finally returns to first-team action

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Jack Wilshere missed the whole of the 2011-12 season through injury Photo: Nike

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Arsene Wenger has backed Jack Wilshere to be a “better player” when the Arsenal midfielder finally returns to action following his 14-month lay-off.

The 20-year-old midfielder missed the whole of last season with ankle and knee injuries but began full training with the Arsenal squad earlier this week as he continues his rehabilitation.

And Gunners boss Wenger is certain that the England international will not feel the effects of his injury woes once he is back fit again and brushed off comparisons between Wilshere’s situation and ex-Arsenal striker Eduardo, who was sold after a horrific leg break.

“He will be a better player because if you have this kind of injury at the age of 20 you will take off again and move forward normally,” Wenger told a news conference on Friday.

“If you have the injury after the age of 25 it is different. At his age it is no problem.

“[For example] Eduardo had limitation of his ankle. Jack has no limitation of his ankle it was just a fracture. Eduardo had a rupture of his ligaments and in construction they had to tie his ankle up so once you lose your flexibility of your ankle you are, of course, not the same player. That is not the case for Jack.”

Wenger refused to set a date on Wilshere’s return to top form but insisted that the injury he suffered is relatively common in his age group.

“It’s difficult to predict [how long he needs to find his best form],” he said. “You want people to be patient. After three months of competition for sure he would be back. It takes some while to find the little burst again.”

“He will be an international player and he will have to cope. He is a very strong guy, he had a stress fracture and that happens many times to young players. Between the ages of 18 to 20, around 60 per cent of them have stress fractures.”

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