Wonderful Wilshere the one ray of light for stuttering Arsenal

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The huge roar that greeted Jack Wilshere’s first appearance at the Emirates Stadium in 17 months told the story.

The story of supporters desperate for something to cheer for after a miserable week in which they had seen their side lose twice and clashed with the board during a hostile AGM.

The story of one of the most talented players in a generation whose career had been threatened by serious injury while still in its formative stages.

And while the best part of 60,000 fans will return home feeling underwhelmed and frustrated with another unconvincing performance from Arsene Wenger’s side, Wilshere’s comeback will provide cause for optimism, more so even than the three points.

Wilshere, without even a substitute appearance to his name since May 2011 following a series of ankle problems, lasted for 67 minutes in the 1-0 victory over QPR before being replaced by Theo Walcott.

That he was the best player on the pitch could be interpreted as a reminder of the 20-year-old’s quality or a damning indictment of the players he now calls team-mates.

After all, when Wilshere last donned the Arsenal shirt he was surrounded by the likes of Robin van Persie, Cesc Fabregas, Alex Song and Samir Nasri, all of whom have now moved on.

Read more about Wilshere’s long-awaited return to the Arsenal first team at Goal.com

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