Jack Wilshere claims he has never felt fitter during his time at Arsenal – but admits he’s had to adapt his game to avoid placing too much strain on his body.
The Gunners midfielder looked to be on his way out of the club this summer after last season’s loan spell at Bournemouth was cut short.
However, the midfielder ended up staying at the Emirates and is now looking to play his way back into Arsene Wenger’s Premier League plans after starting recent cup games against Doncaster and BATE Borisov.
“If I’m honest, my fitness levels are probably the best they’ve ever been,” he told Arsenal Player.
“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.
“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.”
Wilshere admits he has had to adapt his game as he’s got older and in a bid to avoid more injuries.
“When I first broke into the first team, even looking back when I was 16, you take things for granted,” he added.
“I was training every day and when you’re a 16-year-old, you can do that.
“As you get older your body changes, you pick up injuries, you have to be more careful with certain situations and it makes you stronger as well. I’ve always loved playing football and that’s what I wanted to do.”