Jack Wilshere has been in excellent form for Arsenal, and has revealed that he has been on a new diet that is making him feel fitter.
Despite his obvious footballing talent, Wilshere has always been tarnished with the brush of him being permanently injured. The midfielder made just 66 Premier League appearances in a five year spell between 2011 and 2016, but has since started proving his doubters wrong. He made 27 appearances while on loan at Bournemouth last season, and has already made 11 appearances in the league this season, including playing for 90 minutes six times in the last three weeks.
Speaking to the Guardian about his fitness, Wilshere revealed he now has a new diet which is helping him feel fitter.
“I’ve been dairy- and gluten-free for six weeks. My kids since birth gave been dairy- and gluten-free. The few times I’ve had dairy in the hotel I’ve had an upset stomach.
“But I just cut it out completely and I think I look better. I’ve certainly lost a little bit of weight. I’m leaner and probably a little bit fitter as well. I feel I can last longer. At the end [of the draw against Chelsea] when we scored the second goal I thought: ‘Come on, we can go again.’ I felt good.”
He also said that he has never questioned his body’s ability, despite the almost constant injury woes from his past, despite the hefty festive fixture schedule.
“For myself it’s good to know [that I can play two games in a week]. It gives me belief in my body. I’ve never questioned it. I’ve never thought before the game: ‘I’m a bit tired today’ and this is the third game in six days. I was ready to go. I know my body well. I know the right foods to eat. I know the best way to recover and get the right amount of sleep. I’ve done that over the years and I think now that I am in the best shape that I have ever been.”
Wilshere has just six months remaining on his current deal, but is expected to be offered a new one by Arsenal in the coming weeks after proving his quality, and most importantly, fitness to Arsene Wenger.