Arsenal must avoid allowing Saka to go down the same road as Wilshere

Jack Wilshere was the toast of the town when he first broke into the Arsenal first team as a teenager.

We cannot forget how the Englishman ran the show from midfield in several games, most memorably against Barcelona.

However, he left Arsenal in 2018, having had an injury-ravaged final few years at the Emirates.

It seems that the kicks he was getting from very early on and perhaps not allowing his legs to rest caught up with him and caused injury problems later in life.

The Englishman gave an interview to Jamie Redknapp in the Daily Mail recently and he admitted that he should have played less as the Physios had advised him at the start of his career.

He told the former Liverpool midfielder: “I remember having conversations with the physios in my first year in the Arsenal team. They were like: ‘Look, you’re playing a lot…’ I told them: ‘I want to play.’

“I was living the dream. I was 19, playing for Arsenal. We were challenging for the Premier League, in the Champions League. No one was going to tell me I needed a rest. That’s one of my biggest regrets – I wish I’d listened to physios a little more, learned more about my body.”

Saka has now emerged as the new poster boy at the Emirates. Perhaps the teenager is being overused too.

If there is something we can learn from Wilshere’s experience is that too much football too soon can be a problem later in life.

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10 Comments

  1. McLovin says:

    Dont think problem is playing him. Its the playing style (Wilshere held on to the ball too long) and match recovery. Sancho, Håland, Mbappe all play week in and out despite being 18-22 years old.

    180 minutes (20 kilometers ran) in 7 days not much to be honest, no matter youe age.

  2. Declan says:

    Play him against Leicester and rest him against Burnley.

  3. Havyn says:

    Wilshere failed for several reasons
    His off pitch behavior was appalling as well. Times at night clubs instead ofresting had its toll on his young body then chasing girls.

    At age 19 he had 2 children already.
    There’s no way Saka’s Nigerian parents will allow that

    1. Khaly says:

      Spot on! I totally agree. Saka and wilshere are two different people. All in all, saka is more focused and disciplined. To me, saka has achieved what wilshere has never and will never achieve as a player.

  4. Ihejirika Wisdom says:

    Wilshere’s problem was not his playing minutes, rather his style of play, he was aggressive, held onto the ball a lot and was getting lots of kicks and tackles. Players like Messi, Ronaldo, Mbappe, Halaand, Sancho, etc. All are playing or played several minutes at that age just like Saka. They never had several injuries. Same issue with Diaby, Carzola, these players held onto the ball for so long and we all know how physical the Premier league is. The guy that suggested that Wilshere had two kids at 19, please check your records and get ur facts right bcs that’s not true

    1. Charles says:

      Wilshere was born 1992, had his second child 2013,…so what’s the difference?

  5. Tea says:

    Spot on wisdom..I think overall d coaching staff failed him, they should av help tame him like Ferguson did to Rooney. Can’t believe wilshere will come like dis. Fat shame

  6. Reggie says:

    As long as he doesn’t smoke drink and party until 4 in the morning he will be fine.

  7. Abdulwahab Adoga Yusuf says:

    Were they ever the same at this age?
    Saka is by far better than Wilshare was at the same age. Sake a discipline and focused player who carries the burden of a top team like Arsenal at such a tender age can never become a Wilshare. 👍🙏

  8. Koko Mda says:

    Think that Arteta is already cognizant of damaging his prized jewel

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