Wilshere set for first Arsenal start in 12 months

Jack Wilshere Press Conference - 18/02/2014

Jack Wilshere has endured a torrid season, missing the majority of the campaign after sustaining an injury in pre-season training.

Jack Wilshere is set to be handed his first start for Arsenal in 12 months on Sunday against Aston Villa, according to the Evening Standard.

The newspaper goes on to claim that veteran trio - Mikel Arteta, Tomáš Rosicky and Mathieu Flamini will also play some part in the game, before they leave the Emirates in the summer, after Arsène Wenger all but confirmed their contracts would not be renewed.

The Frenchman will have to be careful not to rotate too heavily, however, as it is a game that Arsenal need to win to guarantee third place, or even usurp North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur into second place.

One person who will be delighted with Wilshere's return to fitness is England manager Roy Hodgson. He has made no secret of his admiration for the Arsenal midfielder in the past, and he has always liked his teams to contain a deep-lying playmaker type.

Many have questioned whether Wilshere will be able to prove his fitness after returning from such a lengthly spell on the sidelines, but he has looked sharp in the few games he has featured in recently.

England have three warm-up games before the Euros, against Turkey, Australia and Portugal in which Wilshere can further enhance his claim for a starting spot in France.

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