Wilshere reveals family torment delayed injury recovery

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Jack Wilshere has revealed that worries over his son suffering seizures played a part in his absences from the Arsenal team as he looked to recover from a serious injury.

The midfielder, now at West Ham, credits Arsene Wenger for giving him time to spend with his family, but admits he found it hard to focus on football when his child was going through such a difficult time.

In an interview with Athlete’s Stance, he says it gave him perspective on what’s really important, and reminded people that there’s often a lot more going on behind the scenes than people know.

“It makes you realise that football is not everything,” he said after spending night after night awake, and at hospitals with Archie as he tried to come back from a broken leg suffered in training after a tackle from Gabriel.

“A few people knew. That’s why I speak so highly of Arsene Wenger as well because he was brilliant. He said to me, ‘Listen, you deal with your son, you take however long it takes’.

“This is why this injury took so long. People don’t realise that. They think you get injured and they say, ‘He’s always injured, he’s injury-prone, he’s never going to be fit’, but they don’t realise what goes on behind closed doors.

“For the first four, five months of that rehab I didn’t want to be rehabbing, I was in and out of hospitals.

“I wasn’t sleeping because of my son, and I didn’t really care, to be honest with you, because my main focus was him. I sort of switched off from the outside world a little bit.

“It makes you change the way you think about things and life, because anything can happen. And yeah I’m a footballer and it’s great – but family comes first, always.”

Jack endured another injury hit season after his move to the Hammers, but let’s hope he can stay fit and play regularly again. It’d be great to see him get a spell where he could remind people of his talent.

Watch the full interview below

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Gooner G
Gooner G

I miss Jack being at our club.

Double98
Double98

While a different player .. If fit… He’d certainly go a long way to helping fill the Ramsay hole.

Hantal
Hantal

Even fit his last season with us showed he doesn’t have it anymore

I AM ARSENAL
I AM ARSENAL

And for England

Make Arsenal Great Again
Make Arsenal Great Again

You never know what’s going on in people’s lives. It’s too easy to apportion blame to players.

George
George

Fine, whatever, but doesn’t change the fact that he is injury-prone.

Red-Wing
Red-Wing

Yes, he is, we all know that, but it’s his little son he’s talking about here ffs, show some respect and dignity.

George
George

Yeah, okay. Put your box of tissues down and I’ll give you a hug while I’m at it. That way you can continue to miss the point/import of what Jack said completely. I really don’t care either way and in the end am happy not being a sanctimonious hypocrite.

Chris Breezy

Dick.

Mark Harrison
Mark Harrison

t*sser

OnlyBeingHonest
OnlyBeingHonest

“I really don’t care either way and in the end am happy not being a sanctimonious hypocrite”

But quite happy to be a sanctimonious prick?

Stuart
Stuart

No, you’re just a bell-end.

Cameron
Cameron

George.
Has anyone ever told you, you sound like a total Dick?
Everyone has problems, regardless of money made or job done.
JW Is still a very young man and he was doing what was right for his family.
This piece was not about being injury prone, it was about living life as a worried parent, coping with a sick child and acknowledging hi manager (AW) for the support.
BTW, the guy left just under a year ago.
I’m sure he acknowledges himself he could have been so much more when you consider the accolades heaped at his feet in 2010, but one can never tell if injury will blight a career or not and; with that said, regardless of his fitness, would that honestly have changed his love for his child or his decision to put said child’s health before his own achievements?
Only my thoughts and pondering…..
Mind you, please do tell me George, have I missed something…?

Fala Njie
Fala Njie

You probably don’t have children.

Madmaxsdaddy
Madmaxsdaddy

I’d love to see Jack in an England shirt again…

Mrs Bergkamp
Mrs Bergkamp

Absolutely thought for a moment that this was saying Jack was in hospital with his son because Gabriel broke Archie’s leg with a tackle.

“at hospitals with Archie as he tried to come back from a broken leg suffered in training after a tackle from Gabriel.”

Double98
Double98

I’m not having a go at Jack but Most people in this circumstance have to do the nights and work the days.
Or they take unpaid leave (unless they have parental leave available)

Arsene Wenger and Arsenal both treated their player extremely well.

George
George

Precisely.

Chris Breezy

Just a much classier(less dicky) way of expressing it. Dick.

Hamburg Gooner
Hamburg Gooner

Basically you can´t compare football with normal jobs (at least the money involved). With longterm injuries normally insurance is kicking in with paying the wages after the sixth week. And with our history I guess we can be sure that the club is paying pretty heavy insurance fees, and it´s obviously worth it unfortunately due to our constant longterm injuries

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

As much as I felt for Jack while reading this, this also came across my mind as well. You might get say a month off max in similar circumstances at a great employer, but not 4-5 months. Not sure you can even use parental leave in these circumstances. And of course, a contractor would be totally screwed. Footballers really do live different lives to the rest of us.

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

None of that is to say I don’t sympathise with Jack, and it’s important to remember that footballers are human as well. He deserves immense respect. But it just struck me that a normal person in this situation would have had a much harder time of it. I don’t think most employers would provision for these events. Certainly not for almost half a year.

Cycs
Cycs

The job itself is very different to other jobs. players do a physical close contact work with movement for a sustained period of time every 4-6 days for months at a time (pulls, bruises, dislocations, twists, strains and breaks are regular conditions). So yeah the rules are bound to apply differently!

A Different George
A Different George

Maybe the problem isn’t that Jack gets special treatment when he has a family crisis, but that the rest of us don’t.

Alex
Alex

Before reminding people of his talent Wilshere should show people his talent… Oh yes, he did one great game 9 years ago in Barcelona…

N1red
N1red

It was eight (and a bit) years ago in London, actually. #pedant. One of the best three home games we’ve had at the Emirates. Unforgettable.

Former Top 4 regulars
Former Top 4 regulars

I was recently rewatching highlights of that game with wilshere Song and Fabregas. That midfield was quality even Song could pick out a pass over and over again now we have timid players like Xhaka and Torreira getting dominated by players like Jorginho

yura910721
yura910721

I think he was great that whole season, not just one game.

Kwame Ampadu Down
Kwame Ampadu Down

Ah there’s Alex again spewing the ‘hate’ he claims to be disgusted by when it’s about Ozil. Hypocrisy rules !

A Different George
A Different George

Actually (as someone who is a big admirer of both Ozil and Jack), this article made me wonder again about the effect of Ozil’s experiences last summer with the DFB and the German public. It’s not the same as a sick child, obviously, but I think the emotional and psychological effects of feeling your country has abandoned you and turned on you (please, no arguments about whether he was right in this perception–it doesn’t matter, because that was clearly *his* perception) were responsible for a good deal of Ozil’s difficulties, certainly in the first half of the season.

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

The thing is that Arsenal team that played Barcelona would absolutely sweep this current side including your favourite player! It would be a massacre.

Santori
Santori

Current team lacks sufficient technical quality.

Some people in the media would deem to suggest we lack bottle but I don’t think we do.

I think we have enough fight in some players (Laca, Sokratis even Granit)

BUT we lack technical ability. Not that we are worse than previous teams but the entire league has caught up over the years.

City, Chelsea (now Liverpool, and Spurs) have players equal to ours but added numbers.

We are missing a player of exceptional technical ability on the wings (And this even with Nelson next season should he be included) and one in the midfield.

We lack players who can dribble in tight confines (Most of our away matches against lesser teams, space becomes a premium issue as they sit tight)

Iwobi is the only player (maybe Laca) who can provide a one on one ability to take on opponents and create an overload against disciplined formations.

As mentioned 2 more players will tilt the balance in our favour.

BUT they need to have exceptional control on the ball.

Not Mhkitaryan, not Torreira, not Ozil not even Ramsey.

We need players who can beat one or two on their own with guile and skill (if not some power and pace). For all his pace Auba is slow.

jat307
jat307

I’m happy that our organization and manager took care of the players. When I hear comments like this it emphasises the vast gulf of understanding between supporters and players. Everyone will eventually hit a difficult period. Marriage issues, sickness either personal or to loved ones, aging parents, lost job, raising teenagers etc etc. Any general person, on a decent but normal wage, is going to have to balance that hardship while still maintain their professional duties. You sell the big house, take a second job, drain yourself to near empty doing your day job and beside hand holding duties. That is how life is for nearly everyone else.

I don’t begrudge a player past, present or future for earning what they earn nor for being disconnected from realities that face nearly everyone else in the stands. I would say each player though coukd use that experience that challenged themselves to perhaps create a better environment or opportunity for those without weekly Arsenal wages. This doesn’t have to be limited to monetary handouts, it could be informing the pubic on understanding the difficulties of work life balance. Perhaps appearing normal and exposed and less staged managed and overly media trained. Seeing that players with all the access to money and support and health services struggle too can give everyone support when facing difficulty situations.

Badaab
Badaab

Puts some perspective on his loan at Bournemouth and his conversation with Emery before last season.

Vinneyboy
Vinneyboy

If any one here has had a sick kid you’ll know what comes first, sleepless nights and worry
– work, money even football takes a back seat all you want is your child to be alright, best of luck to him, he put his family first, well done Jack.

Snagger
Snagger

If I was in Jack’s shoes I would have done the same as most young millionaire footballers with financial security family would have come first. In the real world however most of us we are living week to week. A period of unemployment could be catastrophic. That being said the nightclubs drinking and smoking that we saw in the front and back of newspapers wasn’t professional but again we don’t know what was happening in his life. To bring it back to football though it just goes to show the tough job managers have to motivate multi millionaires to kick a ball every week when they live in a bubble and are financially secure. Wenger tried to be a father figure to them and hoped they would play at a level to reciprocate the respect and professionalism he showed. At the end this wasn’t enough but again his humanity shines through.

President Eckener
President Eckener

I just want to say how nice it is that every dark secret that comes out involving Arsene Wenger is always something revealing what a decent human being he is.

SarcasmB0t
SarcasmB0t

Indeed, the issue seems to have been that Wenger was a múch better human being than these guys were footballers.

Cultured determination
Cultured determination

If only we had a fully fit jsck and ram. They would surely be our midfield axis, with torreira sitting behind them and laca and auba up front, we’d be beast! Oh well… one can dream

Thierry Bergkamp
Thierry Bergkamp

I agree, family first over anything. But, let’s be honest now. Jack was/is injury prone

OnlyBeingHonest
OnlyBeingHonest

Our last truly great academy hopeful

Santori
Santori

He had our genuine interest always Arsenal true and through.

BUT injury plagued alas much like Diaby and several others (including RVP, Ramsey, Walcott)

At the moment, we need a CM of (Technical) quality.

Too many people have deluded themselves into thinking Torreira was a great signing.

He has been an OK signing but the sort we need off the bench in lieu of Elneny quality (or lack thereof)

Guendouzi has been IMO a great signing if he can keep trajectory, plenty of potential.

Granit has improved but remains (at the moment) critical to midfield bc of passing range. He has worked and responded to Unai with better ability to receive the ball with back to opponent and less need to over commit in tackles.

BUT we still lack the player who can control the game for us in the middle.

Which is why some people tend to keep quiet with the fact we slipped 3 goals to Wolves even without Mustafi (and again to Chelsea)

In fact against Chelsea in the finals, one would do well to recognise Torreira was wholly culpable losing the ball in critical area in midfield leading to the 4th goal.

Why? Because he has done it before 6 or 7 times on either side of Xmas against BHA, Soton away, West Ham, United, 4 or 5 led to goals against.

The same voices then wonder why Unai started Granit ahead of Torreira.

Most people care only to find fault with Granit (or say Mustafi) and conveniently turn a blind eye to their favorites.

The lack of control in midfield is not wholly due to Granit just as much as our defensive issues were not any better without Mustafi.

We need a technical player in midfield (much in the like of Diaby, Viera or Santi) to control and carry the ball from deep.

Even Ramsey I felt arguably was not answer. Whilst he has been far more astute (now at prime years 27) with positioning in deeper midfield (an area I felt several seasons ago he would prosper better), he lacks ability to turn and cannot fight his way out of close attention.

Who we can get to provide for this missing capacity in midfield is critical to the development of the current squad.

I’m not convinced by some of the (spurious) players we have been linked to in the gossips lately.

But we lack monetary firepower at the moment without CL and do not have in place a Technical Director of sufficient clout and experience to bring good deals across the line at lower prices.

Alas.