Boss delighted with midfielder comeback
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is delighted to have Jack Wilshere fit again but warned the midfielder needs time to get back to his best.
Wilshere missed the entirety of last season with an ankle injury and a recurrence of a long-standing knee problem also ruled the midfielder out of Euro 2012 with England.
The 20-year-old has now returned to first-team training but Wenger will not rush the England international back into action for the Gunners.
"What he's gone through will make him stronger. It's a good test for your mental strength," Wenger told the BBC.
"I always thought he would come back. Wilshere has had ups and downs," he added.
"He was focused, especially in the last three months. We have to be a bit cautious. We need to manage him well. He needs a few games in the reserves."
Wilshere will miss the trip to Manchester City on Sunday and is not expected to feature for the first team until next month.
Meanwhile, Wenger feels the trip to City will provide a good indication of how competitive his side are in terms of the battle for the title this season.
The Gunners remain unbeaten and are level on points with the reigning champions but sit one place higher at third in the Premier League table by virtue of a superior goal difference.
The Frenchman is confident Arsenal can get a result at the Etihad Stadium and feels the contest will prove an indication of just how strong the Gunners are.
"If we're at our best we have a good chance to get a great result. I expect them to be focused and play well," said Wenger on Sunday's game. "The City game will tell us a lot about our quality and how we handle the big games."