Jack Wilshere close to Arsenal comeback

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that midfielder Jack Wilshere is closing in on a comeback.

The 20-year-old is viewed as one of English football's hottest properties but missed last season with an ankle injury and has remained sidelined for the start of this one.

However, Wenger has reported some impressive work on the training ground and estimates Wilshere will be challenging for a starting berth within a month.

'Wilshere is looking very good in training,' Wenger said after Sundays 2-0 win at Liverpool.

'It depends what you call close, but I would say in a month he should be starting to play again.'

The news will be welcomed by Gunners supporters, who after losing star man Robin van Persie and Alex Song this summer, have reached the first international break in good heart.

Indeed, so strong does Wenger believe his squad to be that the Frenchman has warned Wilshere he cannot be guaranteed his place.

'Look at our midfield,' he said. 'You have (Mikel) Arteta, (Santi) Cazorla, Wilshere, (Francis) Coquelin and (Tomas) Rosicky.

'That is quality and there is a fight for the places.'

There is little doubt Arsenal's bench at Liverpool was far stronger than their hosts.