Jack Wilshere is moving closer and closer to a return to the first team squad.

Playing 88 minutes for the u21’s as they lost to Reading at the Emirates on Monday night, the midfielder knows that turning out in those sorts of games aren’t going to get him ready for the ‘intensity‘ of the Premier League.

Speaking on Wednesday, Jack explained what he’s doing to get back as quickly as possible. “Training here with the quality and intensity, that is what I need coming back from injury,” he said. “You can play as much as you want in the under-21s, but you cannot get that intensity of the Premier League.

“In training here, the little eight aside and keep balls is top level, and that is what I need.

“Everyone looks forward to the training sessions, it is short and sharp, everyone is fighting for a position (in the team) and you can really tell that.”

“We have added real quality, world-class players to the squad and the main thing here is the team ethic.

“You can see that we have a great atmosphere around, everyone wants to work for one another and we go into every game knowing we can create chances if we stay strong defensively and win the ball higher up.”

It is widely expected that Jack will return to the squad for the game against Reading at Wembley on Saturday. That being said, this is about the third game that he has been ‘expected‘ to return since he started training again so it’s hard to tell with these things.

He will no doubt be keen to get back in the squad, but he is in no away guaranteed a place while everyone else is fit.

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