Walcott highlights Wilshere importance


Arsenal winger Theo Walcott is desperate to see Jack Wilshere return to action, although has warned not to expect too much too soon from the young midfielder.

Wilshere shot to prominence for the Gunners last season and, such were the fine performances of the 20-year-old, he became a regular in the England midfield.

However, Wilshere has not featured at all for Arsenal this season, having undergone surgery on an ankle injury during the summer.

He is, though, pencilled in to return to first team action next month, and Walcott can't wait to play alongside the youngster once again.

"Seeing Jack in and around the dressing room and treatment room, he is as happy as ever," Walcott told Arsenal Player.

"He's had a new step in his life with a new-born baby, which is great, and he is also a very important player for us.

"Obviously he won the [PFA] Young Player of the Year award last year which was deserved.

"He's also played for England and now he just needs to get back out on that pitch.

"You have to ease him back into it because he's had a long time out and he's only just turned 20.

"He has a long career ahead of him so we don't want to be overplaying him. But we'll use him the right way, I'm sure of it."

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