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Arsenal star Jack Wilshere has revealed he is "back on the pitch" in a bid to build his fitness up and play a role in the Gunners' hunt for the Premier League title. The England international is yet to play a game this season after breaking his fibula in a training ground accident in August, which he underwent surgery for the following month.
Recent reports suggested the 24-year-old had suffered a new setback while training, which would derail his return to action. However, Wenger earlier this week denied those claims and said
"That's wrong information," the boss said in his press conference ahead of the Tuesday game against Southampton. "He is looking good. I had a short chat with Roy Hodgson about him and reassured him that he is progressing well. I'm cautious but I will say four weeks [until he is back]."
Wilshere himself has now revealed that he is on the training field and ready to help his side in the crucial months of the campaign.
"[My recovery is] going well. I'm back on the pitch and I'm just trying to build my fitness up because everyone knows how tough it is to play in the Premier League. I'm working on it and I'm slowly getting there," he said to Arsenal Player.
"Sometimes it's been difficult to stay positive, especially after the injuries that I've had, which have been frustrating, but as the injury goes, you get closer to full fitness and you see the light at the end of the tunnel, then you start to think about coming back and getting involved in the team."
The England international is convinced the Gunners can win the Premier League this season despite the goalless draw against Southampton leaving them fourth in the table, five points behind Leicester City.
"We've had a strong season and we're in a position this year where we can really go for it," he said.
"In the past we've struggled around Christmas and before we've given ourselves no chance really, but this year we're [close to the top] with important players coming back. Hopefully they can help us.
Santi Cazorla is also expected to return to action soon, while Wilshere also hailed the importance of the summer addition of the experienced Petr Cech from Chelsea in the title race.
"We've added a world-class goalkeeper and he's been massive for us with his experience. Apart from that, the team's the same and I think a big part of [us challenging] is because we've been together for a few years and the younger British players have started to mature a bit and that's really helped."