Bournemouth reveal extent of work on Arsenal’s Wilshere

Bournemouth’s Head of Medical Department Dr Craig Roberts has revealed the extent that his club have gone to in order to help Arsenal loanee Jack Wilshere recover from his string of injuries over the years.

The midfielder has more than half of each of the three previous seasons with the Gunners previously, but has managed to remain fit for almost the whole season whilst with the Cherries.

Questions have been raised over whether Arsenal’s style of play or training regimes were the reason why he has failed to prove his fitness in previous years, but maybe our medical team haven’t been working on him in the correct manner.

The Bournemouth medical team have worked closely with him, and managed to maintain him extremely well, and their head of department has given more insight in his time there.

“Jack has had a lot of overuse-type injuries over the years,” Dr Roberts said.

“He’s had some traumatic ones as well, which every player can get, but he’s a player who is prone to break down if the load is too high.

“For us, particularly given that he hadn’t played a lot leading up to joining us, we were very, very strict in terms of the amount of training he would do in the week leading up to a game.

“There is a lot of new interesting data coming out in terms of looking at acute verse chronic load and matching up how much you can do this week based on what you have been doing for the last four weeks.”

Does this raise questions over our own medical team? Will Jack be able to come back to Arsenal stronger next season?

Pat J

Tags Arsenal Bournemouth Wilshere


  1. josh37 says:

    These questions definitely should be asked..
    The thing which always baffles me is how niggly injuries always seem to resurface with our players. Giroud is a great example of a player who for the first few seasons with us played 60+ game seasons and seemed an extemely durable player… whereas this season he pops in and out of the squad from week to week.
    We’ve added world-class fitness coaches so where exactly the wrong calls are being made kinda makes you wonder.. sort of

    1. Budd says:

      Well, the text conveniently omit this piece of info

      “Arsenal have been amazing, we’ve worked very closely with them,” he said. “We communicate regularly with them in terms of where Jack is, what he’s doing, how things are going.

      Basically both teams, not only Bournemouth medical team worked with Wilshere. If anything, it was Arsenal team which told them don’t overplay Jack because of the injuries.
      I believe this was also one of the reasons Hoyte took Wislhere out from the starting eleven. And he was right, Bournemouth started playing better.

  2. RichSAAlao says:

    It is down to every player to carry out medical advice or instruction. A player so prone to injuries must be discipline extremely how he apply himself. So it is not really to much of medical team capability, at least the year Van Persie was thought to break Alan Shearer record of goals in a calender year, Robin was pleasantly managed.

  3. mark says:

    Wilshere has bandy legs which probably affect his knees and ankles and make him more injury prone.

    Sell him.

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