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Arsenal's Frimpong: I gave Wilshere kicking to prepare him for playing return

Jack Wilshere made his playing return for Arsenal U21s against West Bromwich Albion yesterday.

Emmanuel Frimpong was also making his first start after suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury seven months ago and he revealed he had given Wilshere a few hefty tackles in training as preparation.

"When you're training with me every day you're always going to come back with a few knocks so he's used to that," Frimpong said. "I've given him a few testers so he's tough."

Frimpong also told how Wilshere had wanted to make his presence felt on his return to first-team training earlier this season with a crunching tackle on Mikael Arteta.

"Before training he said, 'When you've been out for so long and injured you want people to knock you about a bit.' He gave Mikael a little tester so Mikael knows he's back and has to be on his toes."

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