"We'll judge it week by week, day by day, but his training time has increased and that's reflected in his performance today," said Howe of Wilshere.
"We'll want to keep him fit, so that's the ultimate thing is to keep him on the pitch. And if we can do that he's going to be a brilliant player for us this season.
"I thought he was very good today, I thought the midfield three were very good.
"The midfield looked exciting for the future, if we can keep those players fit and that balance.
"They enabled us to control the game and improved as the game went on.
"The time that he spent on the pitch and the way he spent that on the pitch, it was a really energetic performance from him.
"And it could be very nice for us to see in the future."