Jack Wilshere could be set to make his first start of the season against Norwich this weekend, with the England international getting a cameo role against Sunderland late on. Ahead of the game he spoke about his constant injury problems, explaining that he felt large parts of it were down to bad luck and he didn’t feel he was capable of changing his style.
The 24-year-old has been out for the entire season following an injury in training ahead of our Community Shield win over Chelsea, with set-back after set-back pushing his return date back. He believes the fact that all his injuries have been impact injuries is a real boost though, and is still clearly confident he can resurrect his career and continue his development.
“I don’t think there is anything I can do differently,” he told Arsenal Player.
“All my injuries have been impact injuries and I have been a little bit unfortunate at times when I have maybe overrun the ball a little bit, so maybe I can work on dribbling with the ball closer to my foot.
“I’m not one of those players who is blessed with Theo’s pace who can run behind you. When I’m on the ball, I have to get close to [the defender], which is going to cause him to attempt to tackle me or mistime it as we have seen in the past. That is part of my game.
“When I was injured, I read a few things and I was thinking maybe they were right. Maybe I should pass it a little bit more or a little bit quicker, but as soon as I get back on the ball and there is an opportunity for me to run at someone, that is what I want to do. I don’t think I can change.
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“I have just got to train every day. I have never really had injuries with my muscles, or any problems like that. It is just impact injuries. Hopefully I can avoid them.”
Wilshere’s stunted growth has been hugely disappointing, as he’s unquestionably a player of real quality. The fact that he’s been hardly able to string a few games together over the last few seasons has been a massive blow, but hopefully due to his injuries all being impact as he says, he’ll finally be able to fully recover and reclaim his place.
He’ll be desperate to get some game time over the next couple of weeks and prepare himself for the Euros this summer, which he definitely still has a chance of being selected for. He’s shown in the past just how much of a key player he is for England, so Roy Hodgson will be keen to see him prove his fitness.
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While it would be good for him to get some game time this summer, most Arsenal fans really couldn’t care less about England, and just want to see Wilshere succeed with the club. We obviously want to avoid another injury this summer, but if he’s able to get back to full match fitness ahead of the new campaign, then hopefully he can play a key role next season.