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Wilshere admits to dark days at Arsenal
Jack Wilshere has admitted there were moments during his long spell out of the game that he felt he would struggle to return to his best for Arsenal.
Wilshere spent well over a year on the sidelines due to injury and it was on Tuesday that he made his first Champions League appearance in 20 months - in the 2-2 draw with Schalke.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is pleased with how Wilshere has slotted back in, despite Arsenal's recent struggles, and the midfielder is looking more confident each game.
"It was a serious one but it wasn't a result of a bad tackle or anything," Wilshere is quoted as saying in the Sun. "It just happened over time, it took time to heal and I had a few setbacks.
"Obviously you start to question yourself as to whether you can get back to the level you were at before. But hopefully I can get back to training well and get back to where I was.
"I don't think there was a point where I didn't think I was coming back. I always thought I was coming back because of the type of injury.
"I've missed so much football. I just need to work hard hard and get back to the level where I was. I think I can do it. I felt good physically at Schalke, better than at the weekend, so I feel better and better as the weeks go on."
Wilshere, who will be suspended for the game against Fulham following his sending off against Manchester United, feels they have to find consistent good form if they are to challenge.
He said: "We normally go to Old Trafford and put in a better performance than we did. We want to challenge for the Premier League, but we're a bit far behind now. We really need to step it up."