Jack Wilshere is worth £30million to Arsenal after he made his comeback earlier this week, according to Gunners great Paul Merson.
Wilshere was nearing his new No.10 shirt in the Under-21 clash between Arsenal and West Brom on Monday afternoon, and Merson, who also wore the shirt when he was a star at Highbury, believes that the sight of the 20-year-old playing for the Emirates Stadium club once again is as good as Arsene Wenger making a multi-million pound signing.
“Jack Wilshere coming back will seem like Arsenal have just gone out and signed a new £30m player,” Merson said in the Daily Star.
“He’s a great player who can really make a difference to them… he doesn’t look like someone who will come back and be nervous about it, so Arsenal could be welcoming back a major, major player.”
The England international midfielder has been sidelined for 14 months after suffering a stress fracture in his foot and numerous setbacks in his recovery, as well as a serious knee injury.
Wenger has been vague when pressed over a return date for much of this time, but Wilshere is expected to be ready for first team selection around the end of the month.
It is, as yet, unclear over how quickly Wenger plans to reintegrate Wilshere into the starting XI, but caution is expected after such a long time out.
The Capital One Cup tie at Reading on Tuesday October 30 could be a possible target for a first team return.