Jack Wilshere says he’s not going to let his enthusiasm and competitive streak get the better of him any more, and has ruled out going into any ‘ridiculous’ challenges in training.
The England man was injured in a clash with Gabriel on the eve of last season and subsequently missed most of the campaign.
His footballing philosophy has always been combative, but now he says he’s going to save that kind of thing for matches rather than sessions at London Colney.
“I know my body better than ever now and I know what it can and can’t do,” he said.
“What it can’t do is go into ridiculous challenges, especially in training. It’s more difficult in a game but in training I can take myself out of those situations.
“It is something I will definitely be working on – not going into challenges that are 20-80!”
And in terms of transfer business Wilshere reckons we need a defender, but aside from that feels the current squad is strong enough to challenge for the title.
“We finished second last year and we are confident that we can take any team on in this league,” he said.
“I think people forget that, in the past, we have added big players like Mesut and Sánchez, and they are still in the prime of their careers. They are top, top players.”
The 24 year old has already hailed £35m Granit Xhaka as a midfield leader.