Wilshere happy with ‘best ever’ fitness levels

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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.

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C.B.

Sounding good. Hope he gets back to where he was, matures and goes beyond.

WengerOut

Me too. But he needs to stop making these statements. Wouldn’t want him to jinx himself….

lee dicks on

If anyone needs him, it’s England. That midfield is appalling.

NorthernGoon

They can get their mitts off him. When he’s played a season for us then maybe but until then MINE erm ours.

Pakgooner

My man Jack!!!!! This is exciting news, Welbeck and Ozil will be back soon too so it’s great times ahead hopefully

Mein Bergkampf

Yeah man, do you know, with those three fit we could really mount a serious title challenge.

In other news I opened a porthole and I think it leads directly back to 2015.

Mein Bergkampf

Divisive.

Uba Ngenegbo

With doubt a better option than Ramsey. Should be starting games now.

Pray he stays fit.

Martin

Not better but in addition to

Why not

Ramsey is quality! See wales!

Kebab

Agreed it is no coincidence Wales have done relatively well in recent tournaments. Ramsey and Bale make a difference.

Ashburton Red

Come on Jack! 💪 COYG!

Evang. Femi

Stay fit Jack and you will get playing time.

Assshavin

Really want him to make it here. Maybe the only midfielder we have at the moment, besides Cazorla, who specialises in keeping possesion. Has it ever considered anyone that our relativily bad defense, could be because we lose alot of balls in dangerous positions. I feel that someone like Wilshere could make that happen less.

Why not

Trigger the alexis discussion…. yeah he loses it a lot but he makes up for it.

People only measure that argument on goals on one end of the pitch.

midgunner

I was thinking of Xhaka not Sanchez.
Alexis is a striker and allowed to turnover play to some extent.
Xhaka’s sloppiness on the ball has put us in trouble numerous times this season already.

Igbo Amadi-Obi

Someone like Wilshere goes into dangerous and often needless tackles that expose him to frequent ankle injuries. So long as he doesnt change his game and learn close control, he will never be like Santi.

clockenddan

I have a strong belief that Jack is going to be our saviour this season. Can’t wait to see him back regular

Stringer Bell

Would love to see him get run in there along side xhaka. Our midfield two are clearly not good enough and will get exposed in games and then get results in others. Cannot challenge for league titles without consistency.

Lula

xhaka, wilshere and ramsey in no. 10. really want to see that.

Fuhgedaboudit l

I have felt for quite a while that Ramsey could do really well in the 10 position. I still think with Ozil’s imminent departure, Xhaka, Wilshere and Ramsey in the 10 would be the best alternative.

Stringer Bell

Ramsey has 30 goals and 33 assists in 217 appearances. What makes you think he will do well there when he plays there anyway

Shabab

The closest thing we have to Santi. I defiantly think he deserves a new contract.

Rich

He needs to pump himself full of Stem Cells and Growth.

Db412

Would happily see him being played over ozil and try and offload ozil in January

Gudang Bedil

I think he just gained one skill that he didn’t has before: maturity. May it continue!

Max

Until he smashes his ankle again trying to dribble..

allezkev

You mean an opponent smashes his ankle and the referee waves play on…

Max

Until he smashes ankle again trying a silly out of control,over stretch dribble.

Anonymarse

Everything crossed

Lord Nicki B

Sigh. I really hope he succeeds at this club. I really do. I hoped the same for poor ol Diaby too. I sincerely hope ot doesn’t turn out to be a similar fate for Jacky too. His game style draws in a lot of fouls and some PL players can really be rough with their tackles.

Case in point, if something like what Luiz did to Seo happens to Jacky, I honestly see another injury for him.

Just. Stay fit Jack. Make that #10 shirt proud to have your name on it.

KingKolo

Xhaka and Wilshere as a midfield two would be nightmare, I think. I think Jack could knock Xhaka out of the team, he’d be better next to Elneny or even Coq!

Finsbury Park Gooner

I miss the Coq.

Igbo Amadi-Obi

He was fit at Bournemouth through last season.

Mpls

he got a hairline leg fracture in April and was out the last batch of matches, But yes, he had a good run of fitness and appearances for the Cherries.

santori

We need ALL our midfield options at the moment.

That includes the often derided Ozil in addition to the often derided Ramsey.

That also includes the sometimes dismissed Iwobi in addition to Jack.

BUT it also includes the often derided Granit in additionto the often dismissed Coquelin (and injured) deeper back AND even (the limited but ever willing) Elneny.

There’s also young Willock (experience issue) to consider but if we can keep 6-8 options for 3 positions, we will be decent.

Jack’s issue has always been injury not fitness per se.

He’s one of the only players now who can give us penetration straight up the vertical. Diaby use to do this and Santi.

Hopefully at some point we get Santi back as well for the final push of the season.

btw

Everyone is dismissed and derided except Elneny, who you derided. So it’s pretty much everyone.

Faisal Narrage

Must’ve killed you to say nice things about Elneny.

caligunner

Lol was that really nice things said? I guess better then usual lol

Crash Fistfight

We should always strive to get penetration straight up the vertical.

BroBinsky

Horizontal penetration shouldn’t be neglected either.

santori

My feeling on position is Ozil and Ramsey are really better higher up.

In the link role, I’d like to see Iwobi or Jack.

The deeper role is Granit or Coquelin, both very different. With Coquelin we will miss the deep passing range of Granit but gain more aggressive pressing. Coquelin may then benefit from Jack as a partner (or maybe not) but it will be a different type of midfield for us to use.

Actually the one who seems best replicating Granit at the moment is Elneny as back up.

Willock is still young so only when right opportunity presents itself in cups.

Santi of course would be absolutely second coming stuff. If he can get fit by end of season push, he could be very useful indeed but it will take a while for him to regain any form of fitness.

Crash Fistfight

I disagree with the point on Coquelin. If Coquelin plays in a deeper role, how can he press aggressively? You press from the front, not from further back.

I think this is the reason that Coquelin seems to play further forward than he should do – he is being instructed to press because he’s good at it. That is all well and good until he wins it back and has to do something with it, which he’s not very good at.

Pressing needs to be done by players that are good with the ball – it really only needs effort and adherence to instruction – so that when the ball is won back the player can make something happen.

When Coquelin was doing well, he was sitting back and winning the ball back from a deep position. That is where I think he is at his best, where he can win the ball and give it to someone else that can use it.

Jack4343

We just lost Mustafi for an extended period. He had be helped off the pitch by two medical staff in the 35th minute in their WCQ against Azerbaijan. Fucking shit…

Jay

Wouldn’t jack be better suited in the attacking midfield role than as a defensive midfielders. He is small, can dribble and can make key passes the ball. So in my opinion he is suited more upfront than back. I have the same opinion regarding Santi.

Dholio

Be patient Jack. I actually think Arsene is handling Jack perfectly. We don’t want a repeat of Rosicky, Santi or god forbid another Diaby situation.

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