Arsene Wenger has praised Jack Wilshere again and hopes he is finally over his injury problems.
The midfielder managed another 90 minutes as Arsenal defeated BATE Borisov 4-2 on Thursday night.
Speaking after the game, Arsene Wenger said he believes Wilshere is making good progress and hopes that he’ll no longer be plagued by injury problems.
“He had an outstanding first half and he did fight until the end. I think he is on a good way back to his best. He has shown that tonight,” Wenger said in his post-match press conference.
“He is at an age where a player normally gets to the best of his career. He is on the way up and he has only been stopped by a series of injuries.
“Hopefully, I just pray that he is not hampered anymore by any problems and then we will see him getting stronger and stronger. He has shown again tonight that he has not lost his football.”
Wilshere has reminded Arsenal fans of his ability with his displays in the Europa League and the Carabao Cup.
He was arguably the best player on the pitch during the first half against BATE Borisov. The quality of first touch, passing and movement were a cut above everyone else on the pitch.
He set-up numerous chances, including Theo Walcott’s first goal of the night.
In the second half, Wilshere visibly tired, showing he’s still a long way from full fitness.
It was just the second 90 minutes he has completed since recovering from injury, in a game that had a bit more intensity about it than the Carabao Cup game against Doncaster.
He’ll need as many good performances as possible if he wants to earn a new contract at Arsenal.
When asked when Wilshere’s contract situation will be resolved, Wenger said: “Not tonight.”
With the Brighton game just a couple of days away, Wilshere is likely to be rested again.
His next outing could be against Red Star Belgrade in October.