Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has sung the praises of his Arsenal and England colleague Jack Wilshere, saying that the midfielder’s hard work and dedication on the training field are an inspiration.
Wilshere, who missed Arsenal’s wins over Bayern Munich and Swansea with what the club are calling a small injury, spent nearly a year and a half out of the game, and the Ox says Jack is doing everything possible to ensure that never happens again.
“For Jack, the injury he had, he learned a lot from that,” he told the Evening Standard. “He grew as a player and a person, to get back from that 18 months out has really shaped him, he is a dedicated professional – the preparation he puts in not to get injured in the future is amazing.
“He is the first one in training and near enough the last one out, doing extra rehab. He works so far to make sure he stays fit and it has worked well for him.”
“Since Jack has come back, he has been outstanding. He has performed to an amazing standard.”
And although Wilshere will miss England’s World Cup qualifiers this week, Oxlade-Chamberlain says it’s nice to have Arsenal teammates around when he does go on international duty.
“We are all growing up together, and in similar positions with playing for a club like Arsenal and for the international team. It is good to have all that support around you, and mates too, which is the most important thing in football, the relationships with your team-mates.
“It makes it a bit more special to be able to go away with England and be with players from your club team.
“It will stand us in good stead for our club and also for England, because the more you play with your team-mates, growing up with them, you start to know them inside out.”
Let’s hope so.
Thanks to @jimvanwijkPA for the translation 😉