Smarter than Arsenal
Jack Wilshere has spoken about how good he feels ahead of the new season, and made it very clear that thinking about his game in a different way will play a key part to his fitness efforts this season.
He’s notoriously suffered with injury issues, and it seems that this time round, things are going to be different and he’s planning on making the most of the break he was forced to take in the summer, after missing out on the England World Cup squad that reached the semi-finals.
He said to Standard Sport: “My problem in the past is going into every challenge fully committed. If it was 80-20 against me I’d still go for it.
“If I have had to change anything it is being smarter, picking my chances to go in to big challenges. At the same time I do not think I can change … in the game, you want to win the ball, you are going to do it.
“I cannot remember the last time I completed a full pre-season so it has been good. When I made the decision in the summer, I wanted to get it done early, get a full pre-season in, get to know my new teammates and I feel good.
“I had quite a long break in the summer so getting back into it has been difficult but we went away to Switzerland for a couple of weeks and Austria too. I feel good.”
Aims for West Ham
There are clear aims for West Ham this season, and they of course want to follow up what has been a great transfer window with the same ambition on the field.
Manuel Pellegrini has said that the work in the market may not be finished yet, and that he wants to make sure the club are at their peak for the start of the season.
This of course includes the players who have been at the World Cup and could well be struggling for fitness at the start of the Premier League – something he’s not willing to accept.