Jack Wilshere sets sights on second-place tilt after finally making Arsenal injury return

The England man made his long-awaited return to the Gunners midfield on Monday night after five and a half months out

Jack Wilshere put his injury nightmare behind him - and immediately set his sights on helping Arsenal finish second.

Wilshere, 23, came on as a substitute in Arsenal’s win at Hull for his first appearance in five and a half months following surgery on an ankle injury.

That has been the latest setback in a heartbreaking catalogue of injury problems for Wilshere but he is hoping his hard work will now pay off by helping Arsenal’s run-in.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger’s men have reached the FA Cup final and are slugging it out with Manchester City for second place, having all but secured their place in the top four.

Wilshere said: “I think second place is important. I think it’s a marker for next season. It shows progression.

“The last few seasons we’ve finished fourth and to finish two places ahead of that would be a massive progression for us and hopefully give us confidence going into next season.

“It’s much better for me to come into a team which is winning and playing well, you can fit in straight away. The boss brought me in at the right time and I’m happy.

“Being back on the pitch is the most important thing for me. Coming to the end of the season, I’ve had a long time out. It’s frustrating when you’re out but when you're back on the pitch it makes up for all the hard work you do in the gym.”

Wilshere admits that Hull made it difficult for Arsenal but hopes that he will also get a chance against Swansea on Monday night.

He added: “I think early in the first half, we knew they would come out, they are fighting for their lives, we stepped up the pressure well in the first half and our quality showed through. We’ve got some of the best forward players in the world and their quality shone through.

“Yeah, that’s the thing. I’m just happy to be back on the pitch. Get some minutes under my belt, I feel fitter and better for it and hopefully get some minutes under my belt next week as well.”

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