Arsenal News: Return of Jack Wilshere Will Be Huge Boost for Gunners

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IOctober 2, 2012

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 1: Jack Wilshere (L) of Arsenal in action with Sam Manton of West Bromwich during the Barclays Under-21 League match between West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal at The Hawthorns on October 1, 2012 in West Bromwich, England. (Photo by Paul Thomas/Getty Images)
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Jack is back. 

After missing 14 months due to several injuries, midfielder Jack Wilshere returned to the pitch on Monday to play for Arsenal's Under-21 squad against West Brom (via goal.com's Alfie Meekings):

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere made an hour-long appearance for the club's Under-21 side as he stepped up his return from injury against West Brom on Monday.

The 20-year-old has not featured for the Gunners' first team since August 2011, when he picked up an ankle injury during a pre-season friendly against the New York Red Bulls in the Emirates Cup.

For Arsenal fans, the wait is finally over.

Well, almost.

While Wilshere returned to play for 63 minutes, the rust, as expected, was evident. The 20-year-old made multiple solid runs and laid off a tremendous pass that should have gotten him an assist, but his touch, more often than not, was very heavy, and he often tried to do too much.

But who cares? Jack is back.

It will obviously take him a few weeks to work his way back into game shape and subsequently back onto Arsenal's first squad, but when he does, the Gunners are going to be stacked in the midfield.

Or, more appropriately, even more stacked than they are now. 

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As it currently stands, Santiago Cazorla is doing Santiago Czaorla things as he continues to quickly establish himself as one of the best center attacking midfielders in the EPL while Abou Diaby and Mikel Arteta are playing well behind him.

Once Wilshere is past the stage of simply adding depth, he'll likely step in for Diaby, who doesn't appear to be 100 percent or in top form. 

Let me just say this: Having Cazorla as the CAM, Wilshere as a box-to-box midfielder behind him and Arteta as the holding midfielder next to Wilshere is an incredibly dangerous trio in the central midfield. 

Oh yeah, and that's not even counting Tomas Rosicky, either. 

Not only will the trio of Cazorla, Wilshere and Diaby cause plenty of damage on their own, but the upgrade of Wilshere from Diaby should continue to make things easier on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski on the outside, further opening up the entire attack. 

Gunner fans will likely have to wait about another month for this master plan to be complete—the insanely long road to recovery, in this case, shouldn't be hurried. But once Jack Wilshere is back in the starting XI, Arsenal won't be eighth on the table for much longer. 


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