The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that he is extremely optimistic that the star midfielder Jack Wilshere could soon be playing in the first team after more than a year with an injury. The 20-year-old midfielder was expected to be the ultimate replacement for Cesc Fabregas, who departed for Barcelona last season. However, the England international missed the entire season due to a foot injury, which was complicated by a setback during his rehab.

As a result, he had to miss the Euro 2012, which would have been his first major tournament since becoming a professional at Arsenal, but Anfield Roar reports that he is expected to be back in time for theri big match against Liverpool.

The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had previously stated that he would not be rushing the midfielder back from the injury problem because it would only increase the problem. He was initially expected to be back by October, but he has started training much earlier than initially expected. Yet, the Arsenal manager has said that does not expect to use Jack Wilshere before he has fully recovered and regained full fitness. Meanwhile, the another midfielder at the club out with a long-term injury – Emmanuel Frimpong – has also returned to training. They are expected to strengthen the Arsenal team extremely well in the next few weeks.

“What he’s gone through will make him stronger. It’s a good test for your mental strength. I always thought he would come back. Wilshere has had ups and downs. He was focused, especially in the last three months. We have to be a bit cautious. We need to manage him well. He needs a few games in the reserves. He’s a bit in front of Jack on match fitness. Emmanuel has also been out a long time, but is progressing well,” said Arsene Wenger regarding both the players. Arsenal will be facing rivals Manchester city this weekend.