Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is keen to get a good pre-season under his belt this summer for the first time in two years as the Englishman believes it will be vital for him in his future.
The Gunners star-man has missed the last two pre-seasons due to serious ankle injuries and he believes that his lack of action in the summer has cost him and had a major impact on his growth as a player.
Wilshere burst onto the Arsenal scene during an Emirates Cup, but unfortunately he picked up a serious injury at one of the tournaments and the ankle injury kept him out for 17-months before he returned to first-team action this season.
Since his return, he picked up another little ankle injury, but he has undergone a successful surgery on the injured ankle and he is now ready to compete in the Far East pre-season tour and he is eager to get a good pre-season under his belt.
“Sometimes we forget [when we’re on tour] that we are still in pre-season and no one likes pre-season, especially in this heat!” he told Arsenal.com.
“But we just have to get on with it, we have a big season coming up and we need to get our fitness levels up.
“We also have Champions League qualifiers just around the corner and we know what we have to do. It is tough, and this weather doesn't help, but you need to roll your sleeves up and get on with it.
“The last two years I have missed pre season so to get one under my belt now will be really helpful. I played 25 minutes against Vietnam, so the next step will be to play 45 minutes and go on from there.
“I am feeling good and it is just down to getting the games under my belt and I’m sure the boss will give me them.
“As you get older you realise how important pre-season is. When you're younger you don’t look forward to it and moan about it.
“The older players always said to make sure I got a good pre-season now I’m a bit more experienced and have had a few injuries [I realise how important it is].
“Hopefully I can get a full one in, and if I can do that and do my training like everyone else then I won’t be playing catch up.”
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