Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere believes he is in the best shape of his career thanks to two significant changes to his lifestyle.
Wilshere starred in a thrilling 2-2 draw at home to Chelsea on Wednesday, opening the scoring with a thumping close-range finish.
It was not enough to earn Arsenal victory, with Eden Hazard’s penalty and a late goal from Marcos Alonso putting Chelsea in front, before Hector Bellerin added a final twist in stoppage time.
A point was the least Wilshere deserved for another industrious display in central midfield, which represented 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 told the London Evening Standard.
“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’ve learned that over the years and I think I’m in the best shape I have ever been.”