After a nightmare run of injuries the
The 20 year-old has not played competitively since
Wilshere is now expected to step up his recovery in the under-21s game against Reading next Monday, and will not be considered for Wenger’s squad until at least the end of the month.
However, this was still a significant hurdle overcome, and midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong - who played 70 minutes after seven months out with a knee injury - insists Wilshere’s return is well on schedule.
He said: “When you’ve been out for so long it’s only natural that you’re going to be tired. He needs more games to get back fit and the Arsenal and England fans should be excited to see him back.
“I’m happy for him to be back and seeing a smile on his face. Hopefully he can take it onto the next game. He gave Mikel Arteta a little tester in training the other day so Mikel certainly knows he’s back.
“I thought he did well after 14 months out and can be pleased with his performance here.”
It has been an arduous and challenging journey for Wilshere ever since he picked up an ankle injury in the pre-season friendly against New York Red Bulls in July, with that problem then followed by two sets of ankle and then knee surgery.
With his father Andy and agent Simon Bayliff both making the trip to the Black Country, Wilshere unsurprisingly appeared intent on easing himself in and there were few of the rampaging runs that became his trademark in his breakthrough season, the 2010/2011 campaign.
But while he may have been short of match sharpness, he hardly wasted a pass and there was one ball through to striker Nigel Neita early in the game that was sublime.
After appearing at ease in the first half, Wilshere was clearly more confident in the second period before he was replaced by Kristoffer Olsson.
Frimpong, who appeared as a substitute against Coventry in the Capital One Cup last Wednesday, also completed a successful run-out to provide manager Arsene Wenger with further encouragement.