Jack Wilshere makes first appearance on the pitch in 14 months


Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere made his return from a 14-month injury period by playing over an hour for Arsenal's under-21 team against West Brom. The England international, aged 20, missed all of last season because of ankle, foot and heel injuries.

Jack Wilshere, born on 1 January 1992, joined Arsenal in October 2001 and made his senior debut against Blackburn as a substitute in a 4-0 victory. His first Arsenal goal was scored against Sheffield United in a Carling Cup tie. The midfielder spent the second half of the 2009-2010 season on loan at Bolton but then returned at Arsenal and made his England debut against Hungary in August 2010. Moreover, he was Arsenal's most-used player in the 2010-2011 season.

His recovery from injury was long and painful but he finally took a significant step forward with an solid display against the Baggies. Another injured Arsenal youngster appeared on the pitch in that game: Emmanuel Frimpong played 70 minutes, working his way back on the pitch after seven months on the sidelines due to a knee injury. Both Wilshere and Frimpong will probably appear again in the under-21s game against Reading next Monday.

Jack Wilshere's last Arsenal appearance was in a pre-season friendly against New York Red Bulls in 2012, when he suffered an ankle injury. There were complications in his rehabilitation and then suffered a knee problem that required surgery last April. The midfielder looked lively against West Brom before he was taken off the pitch in the 63rd minute. West Brom won the game 1-0.

Arsenal's next game is at West Ham on October 6, here are the odds from Bet365:

West Ham win - 3/1
Draw - 13/5
Arsenal win - 10/11

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