The Arsenal and England midfielder, who has missed the entirety of the Gunners’ 2015-16 campaign, admitted in a recent interview that his playing style increases the risk of impact injuries.
Jack Wilshere recently returned to the Arsenal first team after spending the season out injured with a fractured leg. Speaking about his injury woes, the 24-year-old admitted that his style of play invites tackles and increases the chance of picking up an impact injury. However, the England international insisted that he would not alter his style.
“I don’t think there is anything I can do differently,” said Wilshere, according to the official Arsenal website.
“All my injuries have been impact injuries and I have been a little bit unfortunate at times when I have maybe overrun the ball a little bit, so maybe I can work on dribbling with the ball closer to my foot.”
The Englishman went on to say that he wasn’t blessed with a lot of pace and that meant he had to get close to opposition players.
“When I’m on the ball, I have to get close to [the defender], which is going to cause him to attempt to tackle me or mistime it as we have seen in the past. That is part of my game.”
Wilshere still the top dog for England and Arsenal
Despite missing out on most of the season through injury, Jack Wilshere is good enough to be able to contribute to the first team almost immediately upon his return. He is highly rated by manager Arsene Wenger and is very likely to play a starting role in the Gunners’ remaining matches against Norwich City, Man City and Aston Villa.
He is in a similar position in the national side as well, as England get ready to go to Euro 2016 with a fit, young and hungry squad. Despite the emergence of the likes of Eric Dier, Dele Alli and Danny Drinkwater, manager Roy Hodgson has stated that Wilshere is ensured a starting role if he is fit and ready to play.
The Englishman will be looking to put his injury woes behind him and make up for lost time as he gets ready to be thrown into the deep end when the European Championship begins in France.