Jack Wilshere has expressed his delight at pulling on an Arsenal shirt once again.
The Gunners midfielder played his first Arsenal game in almost a year on Monday when the Under-23s took on Derby County.
It was also Wilshere’s first match since fracturing his ankle in April while on loan at Bournemouth last season.
He played for 73 minutes as Arsenal fought back from 2-0 down to claim a 3-2 victory thanks to a brace from Reiss Nelson and another from Eddie Nketiah.
And Wilshere took to social media to send a message to Arsenal fans following his return.
“Another step in the right direction,” said the England international. “Felt good to be back out there.”
Wilshere’s message came on the same day that Arsene Wenger confirmed he believes the 25-year-old will stay at the Emirates this season.
There have been reports that Wilshere – who is out of contract next summer – could leave before the end of the transfer window, with Newcastle heavily linked as a potential destination.
But Wenger appears to have shot down any hopes Rafa Benitez may have of taking the 25-year-old to St James’ Park.
“I plan on him to be here for the whole season,” said Wenger. “Afterwards, we’ll see at the end of the season.
“For him it’s good that he is back and available. I think he needs games now.
“He might play again on Monday night (for the U23s against Manchester City). What is important for him is a natural progression to be really fit.
“He is not far away now.”
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