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Report: Arsenal Starlet Jack Wilshere Ready for Return Against QPR

NORWICH, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 20:  Jack Wilshere of Arsenal looks on from the bench prior to the Barclays Premier League match between  Norwich City and Arsenal at Carrow Road on October 20, 2012 in Norwich, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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James DudkoFeatured ColumnistOctober 22, 2012

After Saturday's deflating defeat to Norwich City, it's time for some good news for Arsenal. The apparent imminent return of Jack Wilshere certainly fits the bill.

The Gunners starlet completed another full game for Arsenal reserves, as he played 90 minutes in their win over Everton, according to Wilshere produced an assist and could feature against Queens Park Rangers this Saturday, according to reports from

Wilshere's return provides a huge boost for Arsene Wenger's ailing squad. Abou Diaby's injury has meant the midfield has lacked the same energy and fluidity that was on display during the first month of the season.

Wilshere's drive was certainly missed against the Canaries, and if nothing else, his return will give Arsenal stellar cover at all three midfield spots. With Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain now added to the list of casualties and Tomas Rosicky still ailing, Wilshere's return is certainly timely.

He is active enough and sufficiently composed on the ball, to perform a similar role to the one Mikel Arteta currently excels at. He is also creative enough to fill in for Santi Cazorla if needed, although Wilshere does need to add more of a goal threat to his game.

Perhaps, the biggest difference he can make is in replacing Aaron Ramsey as a starter. The Welsh youth continues to struggle to match the form he showed prior to the injury he suffered away to Stoke City in February 2010.

Ramsey was particularly poor against Norwich, appearing to be out of touch with the flow and speed of the game and most worryingly, afraid to try and create openings with a daring pass.

Of course, it is important to temper expectations for Wilshere, who has been away from first-team affairs since July 2011. Wenger faces the difficult task of slowly integrating him back into English Premier League action.

Whatever form that process takes, it is still a bonus for Arsenal to have a player with Wilshere's quality available again. 

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