Jack Wilshere is seeing signs that he’s returning to his best after his recent injury struggles.
The midfielder is playing in the red-and-white of Arsenal again after spending last season on loan at Bournemouth.
The loan, intended to help him find form and fitness again, ended with him picking up yet another injury.
He spent the summer recovering, and has looked better and better with each game he’s played in this season.
In an e-mail sent out to Arsenal members, Wilshere explained that he’s seeing positive signs he’s returning to his best.
“I think the big thing – and I always hear the boss say it as well – is the first five-metre burst,” Wilshere said.
“My initial burst of speed, when I receive the ball and get away from defenders. I feel that’s getting better and better each day.
“The way to improve that mostly is in games, when you’re playing against opposition that want to win and want to win the ball back.
“You have to be able to keep the ball, so that’s coming back, and my fitness levels, if I’m honest, are probably the best they’ve ever been. I look at my numbers after the games, and don’t get me wrong, I don’t run the most – we’ve got a lot of players that do that – but my numbers are good.”
Wilshere has made six appearances for the club this season, five of which have come in the Carabao Cup and the Europa League.
Arsene Wenger’s rotation policy has given Wilshere the opportunity to regain match fitness and prove he still has what it takes to play for Arsenal.
Wilshere is determined to keep the injuries away and get as much time out on the pitch as possible.
“As you get older your body changes,” he said.
“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. That’s what I wanted to do and there have been times when it’s been tough.
“When you’re injured and you wake up in the morning, you think, ‘Oh, I’ve got to go to training. All the other lads are training outside, but I’ve got to go to the gym,’ and that makes you stronger. It makes you appreciate it more and try and do everything you can to keep fit and stay on the pitch.”
Wilshere returned to Premier League action when he appeared a second half substitute in the 5-2 win over Everton last weekend.
At the rate he’s going, he could receive more Premier League chances in the near future and make a serious claim for a spot in the England squad for the World Cup. Gareth Southgate is expected at the Emirates for the game against Swansea, mainly to watch Wilshere ahead of next month’s internationals.