Jack Wilshere names his biggest regret as Mikel Arteta opens the door to Arsenal return



Jack Wilshere has admitted that he regrets not listening to physios when he first broke into the first-team at Arsenal.

The midfielder, who is currently without a club, spent 17 years with the Gunners, but his talent merited far more than the 125 league appearances he racked up before his departure in 2018.

That lack of appearances was down to injuries, something he has struggled with throughout his career, and according to the 29-year-old, things might have been different had he listened to the advice of physios.

“I remember having conversations with the physios in my first year in the Arsenal team,” Wilshere told the Daily Mail in February.

“They were like: ‘Look, you’re playing a lot…’ I told them: ‘I want to play.’

“I was living the dream. I was 19, playing for Arsenal. We were challenging for the Premier League, in the Champions League.

“No one was going to tell me I needed a rest. That’s one of my biggest regrets – I wish I’d listened to physios a little more, learned more about my body.

“Now everyone wears a GPS. You’re looked after. That wasn’t around when I was younger.”

The midfielder added: “I’ve heard many people over the years say I attract the challenge. That’s my game – get the player close, do a one-two, dribble around. I still try to play like that.

“But if I could go back and change one thing, it would be to manage the games, manage myself better and listen to the physios more. It’s easy to say now.”

Wilshere is currently a free agent after leaving Bournemouth at the end of last season but has been offered the chance to train with the Arsenal squad by Mikel Arteta while he continues to look for a new club.

Arteta, who played with Wilshere for five years between 2011 and 2016 at the Emirates Stadium, said: “Jack’s a great guy and someone I used to share a dressing room with. He’s loved here. Our doors are always open.”





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