Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere says he is adapting well to new found fame at The Emirates Stadium.
The 19-year-old has become a mainstay of Arsenal and England's midfield this season after some terrific performances.
And the teenager says his life has changed significantly since his emergence in the first-team.
“It’s weird, definitely, and you have to be really careful," he said.
"Obviously I made mistakes when I was young, like most people, but I’ve had to grow up quickly.
"People are always watching and sometimes it makes me laugh. It’s a story in the papers if I get a tattoo or move house – I do find that really strange. It’s part and parcel of football now, you have to deal with it and be professional.
"If I could give any advice to young players now it would be to listen to what people tell you, and live your life off the pitch how you do on it – always be professional and live your life as a footballer.”
To help Wilshere through this period in his career, Theo Walcott give the fellow England international some helpful advice, something that has been well received by the central midfielder.
“Yes, I’m always chatting with Theo," he said. "He has been through it all – being in the World Cup squad, then left out – and he’s never put a foot wrong off the pitch, so he’s a great example.
"I can learn from him and he’s a good friend of mine now. We’ve got to know each other well over the last couple of years.
“Before people would tell you that you have to do this and that when you are a pro,” he continued, “but until you are actually there, experiencing it, you don’t realise what it means.
"You have to eat well, prepare well, rest well – it’s a 24/7 job – it’s not just about training and playing the games. Everything away from that is so important too. If you are not ready for every game then a top class player will take advantage of it.”
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