Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere was pleased to make his first appearance for 17 months in yesterday’s 1-0 victory over QPR.
Wilshere played 70 minutes before being substituted for Theo Walcott having spent almost a year and a half sidelined with knee and ankle problems.
"It was great to get a first 70 minutes in front of an Emirates crowd. It's been a long journey but I'm back now,” Wilshere told Sky Sports.
"The Arsenal fans have always been great to me. I hope they continue to be great to me in the future."
"I need to keep doing that and working hard in training to get back to the level I know I can be."
"The boss spoke to me this morning and said to see how I feel after 60 minutes," he said. "I was cramping up after 60 so it was better for Theo to come on fresh.
"To be fair he made a difference, pushing down the side to let Mikel (Arteta) go further forward and get the win."
The 20-year-old was grateful to fellow midfielders Arteta and Santi Cazorla.
"The older players and more experienced players here like Mikel and Santi helped me through it and I thank them."