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Wilshere Gives Injury/Fitness Update – Looking For ‘Flying’ Start To New Season
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere claims he’s about 80% fit and is hoping the Emirates Cup will be a catalyst for a flying start to the new season.
Jack has missed the majority of the last two years due to a series of complications with his ankle injury. However, he had two troublesome screws removed at the end of last season and featured as a substitute twice before starting his first game since April last week against the Urawa Red Diamonds.
He’s come through pre-season so far feeling no ill-effects and it seems he’s looking to use the up-coming Emirates Cup and next weekends friendly against Man City to get up to full fitness and make a flying start to the new campaign. He told Arsenal Player:
“I felt better and better every game, It’s difficult with the conditions. You struggle to catch your breath.
“The performances have got better every game and the opposition have got harder every game so it’s good preparation. We’ve got the Emirates Cup coming up now and then Man City [in Helsinki] and then the season starts so we’re going to be flying.
“I’m probably 80 per cent fit. We’ve got a couple more tests and then we’ll be ready.”
It’s great to see Jack so fired up for the new season and hopefully he can now put his injury problems behind him. It’s going to be interesting to see where Arsene Wenger deploys him next season, particularly if we bring in a new defensive midfielder (which we desperately need).
Are you looking forward to seeing a fully-fit Wilshere playing regularly? Where do you think he should play?