Belfast Telegraph

Wilshere puts his revival down to new diet


By Jim Van Wijk

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere claims a new gluten-free diet has put him in the best shape of his career.

Wilshere starred in a thrilling 2-2 draw at home to Chelsea on Wednesday, opening the scoring with a thumping finish.

Eden Hazard's penalty levelled matters and a late goal from Marcos Alonso put Chelsea in front before Hector Bellerin equalised in stoppage time.

Wilshere produced another industrious display in central midfield, his sixth consecutive 90 minutes in the Premier League.

After enduring a nightmare few years with injury, he explained how a new diet has transformed his physical condition.

"I have been dairy and gluten-free now for six weeks," Wilshere said.

"I feel that I look better, I have certainly lost a bit of weight and am leaner. I am probably fitter as well. I feel sharper and quicker on the pitch. I feel like I can last longer.

"For example, at the end of the Chelsea game when we scored the second goal, I felt, 'Come on, we can go on again here'. I was pressing them and felt good.

"I know my body well, I know the right foods to eat and the best way to recover. I'm also getting the right amount of sleep. I think I'm in the best shape I have ever been."

Wilshere said there had been "no progress" in talks on an extension to his contract, which expires at the end of the season.

But his performances will not have gone unnoticed by England manager Gareth Southgate, who has challenged Wilshere to play regularly for Arsenal before thinking about an international recall.

Arsenal now turn their attention to their FA Cup third-round tie at Nottingham Forest on Sunday.

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