Arsenal handed major injury and fitness boost amid expected Mustafi blow

October 10, 2017 by   Filed under: Arsenal FC

Arsenal’s and England international Jack Wilshere believes he has never been fitter as he attempts to convince manager Arsene Wenger he is worthy of a Premier League return. The 25-year-old made a full recovery from a broken leg just few days to the international break. Wilshere played the full 90 minutes for Arsenal in the Carabao Cup win over Doncaster Rovers and Europa League success against Belarusian side BATE Borisov.

It was against the Zholto-Sinie (Yellow-Blues) where the Englishman showed shades of the form that saw him regarded as one of England’s brightest young players when he first broke through at The Emirates. The playmaker showed a performance that Wenger described as “outstanding” in a 4-2 win, which has raised speculation over whether Wilshere will be awarded a new contract.

Wilshere, who spent the whole of 2017/18 season on-loan at AFC Bournemouth current deal with the Gunners expires in the summer of 2018, has been set a deadline of December to convince the club he is worthy of a new deal, which he can only justify with regular appearances and an injury-free season in the team. He is hopeful that run can start when the Premier League fixtures resumes this weekend, with Arsenal facing Watford at the Vicarage Road, having returned to the best physical shape of his career.

Jack Wilshere

“I always hear the boss say it is my first five-metre burst, when I receive the ball and to get away from defenders and I feel that’s getting better and better each day,” he told Arsenal’s official website. “I feel like the way to improve that is in games when you’re playing against opposition that want to win and want to win the ball back and you have to be able to keep the ball.

“That’s coming back and my fitness levels, if I’m honest, are probably the best they’ve ever been. I look at my numbers after the game and I’ve been out for four months and I’m not the one who hasn’t run the most. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t run the most, we’ve got a lot of players that do that, but my numbers are good so I’m happy.”

Speculation regarding the England international’s return to full fitness comes from an on-going report that defender Shkodran Mustafi could be out of action for an extended spell away from the Gunners first team after limping out of Germany’s World Cup qualifying win over Azerbaijan. Manager Joachim Loew suspects he has suffered ligament damage, but there has yet to be any confirmation over the severity of the injury he sustained.

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