Arsenal starlet Jack Wilshere will make his long-awaited return from injury on Monday in the Gunners’ Under-21 clash with West Brom.
The England youngster has not played since hobbling out of a pre-season friendly against New York Red Bulls at Emirates Stadium some 14 months ago.
After a number of serious set-backs, the 20-year-old is now making his first step back to full fitness and playing in the Arsenal first team once again.
Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, is confident the new Gunners number ten will come back stronger and a better player due to the extended time he has spent out injured.
“He will be a better player because if you have this kind of injury at the age of 20 you will take off again and move forward normally,” said the Frenchman.
“If you have the injury after the age of 25 it is different. At his age it is no problem.
"It's difficult to predict [how long he needs to find his best form]. You want people to be patient. After three months of competition for sure he would be back. It takes a while to find the little burst again
Wilshere is not the only player making a comeback in the fixture at The Hawthorns, fellow Gunners youth product Emmanuel Frimpong will start his first game alongside the England international after spending the past seven months out due to a ruptured cruciate ligament.
He suffered the injury while on loan at Wolves last season and was a substitute in the midweek Capital One Cup win over Coventry City.