Former Arsenal, West Ham and Bournemouth midfielder Jack Wilshere has said it is important for footballers to talk about their mental health and realize that it is not a weakness.
Wilshere made nearly 200 total appearances in 10 years with Arsenal and scored one of the biggest goals at Emirates Stadium when he completed a fantastic team move against Norwich in 2013.
He broke into Arsenal’s first team at just 16 and was to be Arsenal’s future, but at 29 now his future is uncertain after leaving Bournemouth in May and has been without a club since.
Wilshere said Air sports on the mental health challenges of footballers, saying: “When I said I was training alone, I had these thoughts: ‘What am I training for?’
“Everyone’s response really – but mostly people in the game that I respect, former players, people I admire for reaching out to me, saying you still have a lot to give – that got me. made even hungrier to come back and enjoy my football again.
“As players we have to be ready to talk, to talk about our feelings and to realize that this is not a weakness, it is actually really brave and people will help you if you need help. “
Speaking at an event in London, Wilshere said opening up and talking about mental health has made a big difference in her life.
He said: “The greatest feeling is relief – sometimes you don’t even know you’re holding onto those feelings.
“Some people might think it’s normal to have these feelings, especially when you’re a footballer and things aren’t going well, you question everything.
“I always thought that talking or talking to someone – especially in the media – would almost be a weakness because the general perception of footballers is that they have everything, what do they have to complain about? a good life. ‘
“Depressive thoughts don’t care if you’re a footballer. I think it’s important to speak up.”
Arteta: door still open for Wilshere’s return to training
Former Wilshere teammate and current Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta admitted last week that he would gladly allow Wilshere to train with the club, saying: “He’s someone I know with whom I shared the locker room, someone who loves the club so much with every person here and our doors are always open. “
Wilshere, who was Arsenal’s Player of the Year and voted PFA Young Player of the Year in the 2010-11 season and also had 34 caps for England, said: “I spent most of my life in this club, I gave a lot to this club.
“To hear the manager – with whom I played, with whom I had a good relationship, I really enjoyed playing with him, sharing the locker room with him – hearing him come out and say that the door is always open, that is ‘is good.”
When asked whether or not he would accept Arteta’s offer, Wilshere said: “It can only help me.
“Being surrounded by good players, training with world class players and just being in a team environment is something that interests me.
“I’m sure I’ll be having a conversation with someone at the club over the next few days.”
Wilshere was speaking as part of a mental health campaign between CALM and Original Penguin.
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