By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes
Jack Wilshere is targeting a return to action in January as he recovers from the latest in a series of injury nightmares.
The Arsenal midfielder has revealed he is “pain-free” after undergoing surgery on his fractured left fibula five weeks ago.
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Speaking on Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday programme, Wilshere was reluctant to name a specific comeback date, but admitted that he hoped to be playing again in the new year.
Wilshere said: “I’ve done it so many times in the past with my injuries. If I put a date on it and I’m a week late people say, ‘he’s had a setback’.
“I don’t really want to put a date on it but I had surgery five weeks ago and I’m now pain-free, it’s going good and I’m confident about it.
“I’m in the gym every day, on the bike, on the cross-trainer. Once you get out there running, it’s totally different.”
Asked whether Arsenal need to strengthen their squad in the January transfer window, Wilshere argued most bases are already covered.
He explained: “People talk about a striker. I feel we have two strikers who are completely different. If we play against a team who play a high line, we have Theo [Walcott] to run in behind. If we need someone to hold the ball up we’ve got [Olivier] Giroud.
“We know the quality we’ve got in midfield – with Santi [Cazorla], Mesut [Ozil] and players like that. Around the box we can really hurt teams. That was never the problem. When we go into a game we always know we can create chances.
“If we can switch on defensively as unit and work a bit more on that, we will be alright. Defensively, we look good now. Gabriel has really grown up this season. He’s a tough lad and the Premier League suits him. We’ve got Calum Chambers who is a great player and also myself and Danny Welbeck will hopefully be back around then (January).”
Wilshere has not played in the 2015-16 season after suffering a hairline fracture in training shortly before Arsenal’s Community Shield win over Chelsea.
The midfielder, who missed five months of last season after undergoing surgery for ankle ligament damage, once again went under the knife in September and was advised that he would be ruled out for at least three months, sidelining him until after Christmas.