Jack Wilshere was understandably delighted after playing the full 90 minutes for Arsenal’s u21s on Thursday night.

The midfielder has missed the entire season after Gabriel (allegedly) clattered into him in training just before the campaign got underway.

Getting 65 minutes under his belt last Friday with the u21s, Jack completed the full game against Swansea six days later. It was a game that went no better for the youngsters than it tends to for the seniors as they lost 3-1.

Still, Jack made it through and will likely play again for the u21s before being considered for selection against West Brom should everything go as planned.

About Wilshere and Tomas Rosicky, who also featured, Steve Gatting, the u21s manager, said “That is their second game back for us, and you can see bit by by that they are looking sharper and Jack did a full 90 minutes.

“He found it tough at the end but he needs to push himself and that will only do him good for the future.

“Jack might play on Monday and do another 90 minutes, and everything he does now will see him get stronger and stronger. Then the boss will make the decision if he will play in the first team or not.

“Tomas has the same agenda as Jack, to get fit for the Euros. He gives us that quality and experience along with Jack – the quality he gives us on the ball is great for the team.”