Jack Wilshere return from injury excites Arsenal team-mate Emmanuel Frimpong
Emmanuel Frimpong says he feels as excited as Arsenal fans seeing Jack Wilshere return to action from injury.
Last Updated: 01/10/12 5:46pm
Frimpong also continued his playing comeback from a cruciate ligament injury when the pair lined up together for Arsenal's Under-21 side at West Brom.
But, with the Ghanaian-born midfielder making a brief cameo against League Cup opponents Coventry last week, all the attention was focused on England international Wilshere after his long spell out with knee and ankle injuries.
Wilshere, 20, managed 63 minutes of Monday's game at The Hawthorns before being withdrawn from the action.
And Frimpong, who played 70 minutes, insists his gifted team-mate has lost none of his technical ability.
"It was good to come back and play with the reserves," he said. "It was pleasing to see Jack playing again too.
"Jack did alright. Obviously being out for 14 months it's always going to take a bit of time. But for me he is the same old Jack and technically he still looks the same.
"It is going to take time to get back to his best, but Arsenal and England fans should be excited to see him back again. I'm excited."
Frimpong believes Wilshere will be back playing for England in the near future, but says his priority is impressing Arsene Wenger as he continues his rehabilitation.
"When you're a player like Jack, fans of Arsenal are going to need him playing again and hopefully he will back in a couple of games," he added. "If he's fit then I'm sure the manager will pick him.
"It's going to be good for England to have Jack back but at the moment he's just focused on getting back for Arsenal. If he's playing well for Arsenal, you cannot see why he cannot be picked for England."