Arsenal Predictions: Why Jack Wilshere Will Be the Next Great Gunners Star

John RichardsonCorrespondent IJuly 22, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 05:  Jack Wilshere of Arsenal evades Nigel de Jong of Manchester City during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium on January 5, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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While Arsenal fans are understandably excited about new signings Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud, they should be licking their chops over the return of Jack Wilshere.

We got a glimpse of Wilshere's immense talent in the 2010-11 Premier League season, but injury woes have since limited the 20-year-old's first-team action.

It is still not clear whether Wilshere will be fit for the start of the new campaign, but his return will likely bring back some of the fluidity we've come to expect from the Gunners midfield in recent years.

According to ESPN, Arsene Wenger has no concrete plans for when No. 19 will resume training, but hopes he will be available by October, at the latest.

He is as quick as we expected him to be. His ankle is good and his knee is good. There is no setback. It difficult to say 'it will be this week in September or October' when he is back in training. He has been out for a year and I don't want to put any pressure on him.

So what can we expect from Wilshere after over a year on the physio's table?

Well, a lot.

Wilshere holds the honor of being the youngest player to ever represent Arsenal in the Premier League, beating out previous holder Cesc Fabregas.

When he made his debut for the Gunners at the age of 16 years, 329 days, many doubted his ability to transition from reserve level to the rigors of first-team football.

Well boy, were they wrong.

In the subsequent years, Arsenal fans have been treated to some magical moments from the midfield maestro.

Wilshere blossomed into one of the world's brightest young talents and won the PFA Young Player of the Year in 2011.

His composure on the ball paired with his ability to pick out a pass made him a formidable opponent for any side he came up against.

The partnership he drummed up with Alex Song in the center of midfield was nothing short of remarkable. When the two of them graced the pitch together it looked like they were operating a finely tuned machine.

Song cleaned up on the defensive side of things, while Wilshere spearheaded the creativity in attack.

The hole left by his absence was evident at times last season, as the Gunners often struggled to maintain a foothold in games.

They looked bare in the middle, and hopeless going forward (with the exception of Robin van Persie).

People tend to forget that the boy is only 20 years old and still has plenty of time to develop and make strides in his game. While his injuries were certainly a disappointment to everyone involved with the club, they will by no means define his career.

He is a hometown hero blessed with a plethora of skill and will likely play an instrumental role in the progression of Arsenal FC for many years to come.