Jack Wilshere says he believes Arsenal have improved considerably since the 2011/12 season.
Speaking to the club's official website, he explained how he has been enjoying watching the Gunners while sidelined with injury far more than the season he missed entirely, which was also the one after Cesc Fabregas left for Barcelona.
Samir Nasri also departed weeks later for Manchester City despite manager Arsene Wenger's preference to keep the pair, he ceded to their wishes and sold up.
Wilshere said: "I remember when I got my first injury and it was the year when Cesc [Fabregas] left. We struggled that year at the start and it was tough to watch.
“It has been totally different this year - they have been playing great football and it has been a joy to watch.”
Arsenal are in the midst of a winning streak, and the 23-year-old is on the verge of a return and could even make the bench for this weekend's FA Cup semi-final.
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Despite Wilshere's observations, this Arsenal only narrowly edge the 11/12 side in terms of goals scored, while their previous team even created more chances per game than the 2014/15 team.
This team record more points per game, and crucial to that is a meaner defence, despite their early season injury problems.
You would be hard pressed to find an Arsenal fan who would like to revisit the 2011/12 season rather than the present, with the heartbreak of losing captain and top goalscorer Robin van Persie ending any momentum that team had at the end of the campaign. They have now rebuilt and are looking to sign top players in the summer rather than worrying about losing their key stars.