REVEALED : Arsenal Squad Fitness Called Into Question

According to reports by the London Evening Standard, Arsenal’s fitness coaching has come in for heavy criticism from a leading sports conditioning consultant.

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Ray Wilson, a leading consultant in fitness at Back 2 Action, has revealed that Jack Wilshere has been training away from the Emirates over the summer as he bids to put his injury problems to one side: “He is not relying on coaches at Arsenal because there is always that annual Christmas blip where everybody seems to get an ACL or hamstring injury,” Wilson told 888Sport.com.

“This could be down to just bad luck or it could be the coaches. Are they training in a way they should be? Are they doing enough physical training that can help them cope with the demands of the football style that Arsene Wenger wants them to play? My conclusion is no they’re not.”

Wilson praised the fitness of several players at Arsenal’s rivals Tottenham, saying that Nacer Chadli and Danny Rose are “good eggs” who display an exemplary attitude to fitness.

“It comes down to individual awareness,” he said. “You can close your eyes to it or you can say ‘You know what, there are footballers out there who are taking responsibility for themselves, who want their club to succeed and really want to push on’.”

“The likes of Yannick Bolasie, Rolando Aarons, Nacer Chadli, Danny Rose. They are doing the positive things to succeed in the next campaign. But the negative stories is always the juicy news. The model footballer is not good for gossip.”

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