Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has been quoted by the Daily Mail explaining the main lesson he’s learned throughout the times he’s been injured.
Wilshere has suffered with routine fitness issues throughout his career, missing a large chunk of last season after picking up an ankle problem during the Premier League game at the Emirates against Manchester United.
It’s an issue which has given him plenty of time to think about what he’s doing wrong and what he can improve, as he looks ahead to a sustained period in a hopefully successful Arsenal midfield.
“When I first got injured my core strength was terrible. I was 18, playing three times a week and didn't really do any gym work,” he’s quoted by the Daily Mail.
“All of a sudden when you're injured you realise everything revolves around your core. It's crucial for balance and absorbing impact. The first thing my physios got me to work on was my balance.”
How important is Wilshere for Arsenal?
Wilshere plays in a heavily congested area of the Arsenal first team and perhaps suffered in terms of playing time towards the end of last season, because he’d suffered the injury.
That allowed the team to learn how to cope without him but he looked fit and he looked useful at the end of the campaign, heading into the England internationals.
He’s a clean and sensible player who is good on the ball and looks to use possession effectively, whether he’s picking it up from the defence or looking to be creative and get forward.
The most important thing for the player is to ensure that the core strength and balance that he mentions remains one of his strengths over the next ten months and hopefully, he has seen the last of his serious injury problems.