Jack Wilshere says his fitness levels are the best they’ve ever been, and that he needs really competitive football to get back to his best.
Having played two full games following his return from a broken leg, Arsene Wenger is easing the midfielder back into action, but the 25 year old sounds confident that his body can withstand the rigours of regular football.
Speaking to Arsenal Player, Wilshere said, “My fitness levels, if I’m honest, are probably the best they’ve ever been. I look at my numbers after the game and I’ve been out for four months and I’m not the one who hasn’t run the most.
“Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t run the most, we’ve got a lot of players that do that, but my numbers are good so I’m happy.”
As for finding form, he believes he’s got to face the best teams to rediscover his spark.
“I always hear the boss say it is my first five-metre burst, when I receive the ball and to get away from defenders and I feel that’s getting better and better each day,” he said.
“I feel like the way to improve that is in games when you’re playing against opposition that want to win and want to win the ball back and you have to be able to keep the ball.”
If he can stay fit, he can certainly offer something in midfield that we currently don’t have, so fingers crossed.