Arsène Wenger plans to give Jack Wilshere a game against FC Köln on Thursday, for the first time in over a year.
Wilshere went on loan to AFC Bournemouth last season and made more league appearances than he had for Arsenal in any campaign since 2010/11. The 25-year-old fractured a bone in his leg towards in April and hasn’t played a senior match since.
Now the 25-year-old looks back to full fitness, having previously featured for the reserve side, although Wenger has been more hesitant to publicly state Wilshere is ready for first-team action.
The Mirror claim, however, that now is his chance to get back involved, with Arsenal’s side to be given somewhat of a shake-up for the Europa League clash.
Wilshere is one of a few players who haven’t been making regular starts this season, and the reports claim others who haven’t been first-team regulars in 2017/18 might get the nod – Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez.
After Francis Coquelin’s injury against Bournemouth, spots are likely to open up for all four of them. If Wilshere plays like he has in the youth matches for Arsenal, he’ll be a good addition to the Gunners midfield.
That’s as long as it doesn’t end in the same way, with a red card and a suspension.