Jack Wilshere: I definitely won't be changing my game

Jack Wilshere Press Conference - 18/02/2014

The Arsenal and England midfielder has been discussing his approach - and his unwillingness to change it!

Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere says he can never change his style of play, according to Sky Sports.

Indeed, the 23-year-old plays an ambitious, aggressive game, constantly looking to take people on with the ball and producing intense tackles.

That increases the risk of fitness issues for the injury-prone midfielder, especially as he doesn't look to avoid tough challenges.

But the Arsenal man insists, despite considering a different approach, it's not something he will ever look to change.

Wilshere told reporters: "When I was injured, I read a few people who said that. I thought maybe they are right, maybe I should change it a little bit.

"As soon as I came back on my first game, naturally I wanted to pick up the ball up and run with it, I can’t change that. I can work on a few things maybe.

"You look at your best dribblers in the world - Messi, Iniesta - they keep the ball very close to them so maybe that’s something I can work on but I definitely won’t be changing my game."

 Premier League 2014/15 DribblesDribbles CompletedAppearancesMinutes Played
Alexis Sánchez 5.6 3.29 35 2,949
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 5.35 3.61 23 1,491
Jack Wilshere 4.29 2.29 14 732
Mesut Özil 3.68 2.36 22 1,859
Santiago Cazorla 3.27 2.35 37 2,992

As Opta stats show, Wilshere averaged the third-highest rate of dribbles attempted per game at Arsenal during last season's Premier League, despite his lack of minutes played.

Only Alexis Sanchez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain attempted more, while only the duo combined with Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla have won more dribbles per game for the Gunners than the 23-year-old.

Wilshere has always been an enigma, of course, although he can certainly produce for Arsenal - especially in big games. The young midfielder also tends to up his game for England. But is he right to be so adamant about his style of play?

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