Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has been delighted to return to first-team action this season, but believes he still has more to offer as he still searches for full fitness.

The young midfielder missed 17 months of action because of an ankle injury picked up in the summer of 2011, but this season finally saw his return to first-team action in October.

Before returning, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger told fans not to expect much from the midfielder, but the Englishman has put in some great displays since returning and at some points he looked even stronger than what he did before the serious injury.

Despite putting in some great individual performances, including goals in games against Montpellier and Swansea City, Wilshere himself believes the fans haven't seen the best of him just yet and he insists that next year he will push on further.

Wilshere managed to make 32 appearances this season, but was then rested for several games at the end of the campaign after Wenger admitted to overplaying him which caused him to suffer more pain in the ankle.

The midfielder will now have minor surgery in the summer which will see him miss two weeks of pre-season, but he is confident he will be back stronger than ever.

“From a personal point of view it has been good season for me, especially after last year,” Wilshere told Arsenal Player. “I played no games last year, so to get 33 under my belt this time was great and it puts me in good stead for next season as well.

“Hopefully I can get more games under my belt, improve my form a bit more and get back to the level I know I can get to.

“I had a good run of games after my injury, then I picked up another injury, which set me back a bit. But before that I was pleased with my form and how the team were playing.”

After an impressive season back, Wilshere himself is delighted with his recovery and has revealed he is surprised about how quickly he re-found form.

“I played in the reserves a few times and if anyone had seen me they would have known it took me a while to get back to my best,” he added. “From when I played my first first-team game, it did happen quite quickly [that I found my form] and I was surprised and delighted about it. But the games beforehand… they were not good to be involved in!”


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