Arsenal boss Wenger excited about fully fit Wilshere return

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is delighted with Jack Wilshere's preseason progress.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is delighted with Jack Wilshere's preseason progress.

Eight weeks after undergoing surgery on a persistent ankle problem, the England midfielder passed a 25-minute workout in a tropical downpour.

Now manager Arsene Wenger is confident Wilshere is firmly on course to be fully fit for next month’s opening Premier League game against Aston Villa.

Wenger said: “Jack is not short power-wise because he has done a lot of work on that front but is a little bit short on the cardiovascular front.

“That’s why we tried to give him 25 minutes tonight, 45 minutes next week, then an hour and hopefully a full game at the Emirates Cup.

“We’ll have to see how he responds but he has a good chance for the Villa game.”

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