Wilshere lined up in an advanced midfield role against West Brom at the Hawthorns, and there were flashes of the quality which made him a regular for England before foot and ankle problems struck.
One reverse pass to Nico Yennaris might have brought a goal, and there was a moment’s concern when he was briefly treated by the physio.
But the 20-year-old was quickly up and given a standing ovation when his planned substitution came 17 minutes into the second half.
Arsene Wenger has promised to take his time with Wilshere, who was forced to abort a previous comeback to have surgery on a separate knee injury.
And England manager Roy Hodgson has been asked to overlook the midfielder for this month’s World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland.