Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger convinced Jack Wilshere can be better than ever
Arsene Wenger says Jack Wilshere will not be held back by fear on his return to action and can make a full recovery.
Last Updated: 26/10/12 6:52pm
Wilshere is closing in on a first-team comeback after more than a year out with ankle and knee problems and, after appearing for the club's Under 21 side on Monday, he could be involved against Queens Park Rangers this weekend.
Wenger has no worries that Wilshere will not only rediscover his former level of play but will actually surpass it, having shown few signs of anxiety during his rehabilitation.
"We even have to calm him down," Wenger said in The Independent. "He goes for every challenge and has no apprehension.
"If you protect the ball and somebody tackles you from behind and kills your knee, when you come back it will be difficult to protect the ball in the same position. Jack has none of that. He has not been injured in a specific tackle."
Questioned on whether Wilshere can fully recover, Wenger said: "It is not possible, it is certain. He will be a better player. If you have this kind of injury at the age of 20 you will take off again and move forward normally. At his age it is no problem."
Wenger is also confident that Wilshere will be able to slot straight back into the side and strike up an understanding with players such as Santi Cazorla.
"Good players like to play with each other," he said. "Cazorla came here and, straight away, after 10 minutes training everybody understood he is a great player. So the easiest way to find good combinations is to play together."
Wilshere's ability to unlock defences will come as a major boost to Arsenal at a time when they have just started to fade after a bright start to the season.
"Jack is a guy you can give balls to, to create openings with his passing."