Arsenal’s home-grown midfield maestro Jack Wilshere has once again been the subject of tabloid censure after being pictured smoking at a Las Vegas pool party on his World Cup wind-down.
However, far from being the actions of an unprofessional sportsman resting on his laurels to the dismay of loyal Gooners, young Jack’s actions are evidence of a thoughtful and responsible approach to preparation for pre-season.
Smoking the oily rags = alternative altitude training
Why bother going to Bolivia, when you could be living it up in more glamorous surroundings?
Just smoke like a chimney up until the first post-break bleep tests, then marvel at the tenfold improvement in fitness when an arduous pre-season is combined with the lung-boosting effects of giving up the cancer sticks.
Splashing the cash in Las Vegas = sharpening up decision-making
A break in the gambling capital of the globe is sure to take in one or two trips to the over-oxygenated, eternally-lit casinos therein.
For a player whose on-the-ball choices were often criticised by the Emirates faithful last term high-stakes card-play with his own cash is just another example of Wilshere’s proactive steps towards self-improvement.
Swimming pool lounging = resistance training
From Dubai to the Nevada desert, the midfielder never misses out on an opportunity to give his none-more-fragile limbs an underwater workout.
Not playing football = keeping hungry
World Cup or no World Cup, Wilshere’s commitment to keeping his psychological edge razor-sharp for the start of the Premier League campaign by football fasting is admirable.
Partying with James Milner and Joe Hart = extricating title-winning secrets from the champions.
You don’t think Jackie really likes having his head and shoulders ducked under the water by a playful Joe Hart do you? Or that he’s out with Milner for the ‘bants’?