The 22 year old, who is currently with the Arsenal squad on their pre-season visit to the USA, has been in the news for the wrong reasons. The midfielder was pictured smoking during his post-World Cup holiday in Las Vegas. He has since apologized for the incident and accepted it was an error of judgment on his part.
The Englishman has also received constant criticism with regards to his game, but has now declared that he will prove the critics wrong by performing at the top of his game for Arsenal during the upcoming season.
According to the Guardian, he said:
It does motivate me to try harder in training and not just in training; it motivates me to improve because a lot of people start to talk, people who don’t know me but want to have an opinion, and it is down to me to let my feet do the talking.
This is a big season for me. I came back early to pre-season to show people my commitment. I am fully committed to the club and to my job and I want to show everyone that.
I think over the past few seasons I’ve had a few injuries. I know I’ve got going, had to stop and get going again. This season I’m looking to have a really great pre-season and get a really good base of fitness and take that into the season.
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The new signings have definitely given us a lift. It has been different this year. Normally I’m on holiday and we don’t make signings, we make them a little later. But this year we’ve been really positive and gone into the market and got a couple of really great players.
For a professional player smoking is obviously not the ideal lifestyle choice. It isn’t about smoking, but it’s the fact he got caught and many children look up to him.
He suffered with injury problems last season and lost his place in the starting line-up during the World Cup, which led to suggestions that he is heading nowhere with his development. His progress is indeed concerning, but that’s what happens when a young player consistently suffers setbacks with injuries.
Wilshere showed his class last season with memorable moments including that goal against Norwich, but then injuries took their toll. The competition for places in the starting line-up will be high this season, but he will have to be focussed to earn his place amongst the starting eleven once again. Battling for game time is vital to help a young player develop and thrive.
Should the injury problems be removed from his game this term, then Jack Wilshere may well create a similar revival to the one we witnessed last season with Aaron Ramsey.
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