Jack Wilshere has spoken about his regret of not listening to physios during his early days in the Arsenal first-team.
The now AFC Bournemouth midfielder spent 17 years with the Gunners across his time as a youngster and a senior, eventually departing in 2018 after a plethora of injuries.
Wilshere did amass some special memories during his Arsenal, but his talent merited far more than the 125 league appearances he racked up in 10 years from his debut to his departure.
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.
“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.”
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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.”