Jack Wilshere is expected to return to first team training in  just two weeks.

The midfielder, who has been out since he was hit late by a poor tackle by Manchester United’s Paddy McNair, is ahead of schedule.

Speaking to the media at his pre-Manchester City press conference Arsene Wenger was being a bit more reserved with his assessment of Jack than the time-frame given in the Telegraph.

He said

He’s doing very well. He’s a bit ahead of schedule. We always said that he should be alright by the end of February.

With Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey already back in the side after their respective injuries, Jack’s return will help soften the blow of losing Mikel Arteta for a further period of time.

Although the Arsenal website said that the Spaniard would be out for three months, Wenger told the media on Friday that it will be six weeks but given how Arsenal’s injuries tend to pan out it’s best to take the three month estimate and then be happy if he comes back any sooner.

Wenger also said about Arteta

“Mikel has had surgery which went well. I have just seen him, he is back with us at the training ground. He had a limited mobility in his ankle and some persistent inflammation that had an impact on his calf.

“That meant we had to make the decision to have surgery and it’s a proper solution which gives him the best chance to recover.”

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