Wilshere keeping his cool

The 18-year-old has become a regular for Arsenal this season,

earning him England recognition along the way. His career path

could have been so different, though, had he not addressed his

anger issues. Wilshere admits that he was a bit of a hothead during

his days in the Gunners’ academy ranks and acknowledges that he

would not be the player he is today had he continued down that

route. “When I was younger I kept getting sin-bins or reds cards,”

the midfielder said on his time in the Arsenal youth set-up. “Liam

Brady (academy coach) would rightly have a go at me. “If I got

kicked then my head would go a bit and instead of getting back at

my opponent football-wise, I’d retaliate straight away. “But I got

to 16 and thought, ‘I can’t keep doing this’. “Getting sent off and

missing the rest of a game just wasn’t good for my development. I

knew I had to curb it.”