Arsenal's Jack Wilshere has physical issues to address, says Danny Murphy

Jack Wilshere

The former midfielder does, however, believe he can be a top player if he can stay fit for an extended period of time.

Speaking on talkSPORT, Danny Murphy says Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere may be plagued by injuries for the rest of his career due to his 'posture' and way he moves around the field.

The young midfielder has struggled to steer clear of the treatment table throughout his time in the Gunners' senior set-up, with his ankles proving to be a particular weak spot.

He is set to spend another extended period out of the side at the beginning of this season after picking up another injury, a big blow to him after he had come back from his last spell on the sidelines in positive form.

And Murphy says he may be troubled by these problems over a prolonged period of time because of how he is physically - with the way he runs offering cause for concern

“Physically, I think he’s got a problem,” he said on TalkSport.

“His posture is quite unusual for a footballer, he runs in a strange way. The way he’s shaped, he’s always going to put extra pressure on his ankles. Then with his bravery, tenacity, even stupidity at times, in terms of the way he flies into tackles, he’s always going to have problems with his ankles.”

A super talented player 

The former Premier League midfielder does, however, think that Wilshere can be an extremely good footballer for both England and Arsenal in the future.

There has been huge expectation around the 23-year-old ever since he burst onto the scene with a loan spell at Bolton Wanderers back in 2010, with many having laid the England national team's hopes on his shoulders from an early age.

That, of course, led to the inevitable comparisons to Paul Gascoigne, but Murphy says he cannot be considered in that sort of bracket until he has played more games and resolved his fitness issues.

“He’s a super talented player we just haven’t had the pleasure of seeing him for a full season to judge him’” he added.

“He could be as good a footballer as we’ve seen in a long time, but we can’t give him that title until he’s played more games and played longer, and at the moment it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen.”

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