Jack Wilshere is like a new signing, says Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Arsenal forward Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain believes Jack Wilshere's return to full fitness is the "best kind of signing" this summer

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Jack Wilshere made 25 league appearances last term Photo: Nike

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain believes Jack Wilshere’s return to full fitness is like a new signing for the Gunners.

The England international has returned to first-team training after recovering from an ankle operation which cut short the 21-year-old’s season.

Wilshere made just 20 Premier League starts last season, but Oxlade-Chamberlian reckons the Gunners youth graduate is looking in good shape and hopes his team-mate can kick on this season.

“Jack is back in training and looking really good. He is coming away with us on tour and the fact he is looking so strong is good news for Arsenal and England,” Oxlade-Chamberlain told the London Evening Standard.

“Hopefully, he can stay fit because he is an amazing player and can add a lot to our team. He is the best kind of signing we can make.

“Whenever you lose someone it dents the team in some way. If we can keep him fit, it will give us a lot more options and enhances competition for places.

“He is a much stronger character now, on and off the pitch.

“He works really hard and is the first one in and last one out of training. Having not been able to play for so many months is really mentally challenging but he did that really well.

“Last season he had a good stint in the team and now he is pushing on again.”

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