West Ham midfielder Jack Wilshere has been preparing for his return to Arsenal on Saturday by spending time recovering in a cryotherapy chamber.
The Hammers' summer signing tweeted a photo of himself standing in the freezing cold tank as he looks to reach optimum condition for his first game at the Emirates Stadium since leaving this summer.
Wilshere, signed on a free, was one of nine new Hammers recruits after being made surplus to requirements by new Gunners boss Unai Emery.
The Hammers' summer signing tweeted a photo of himself standing in the freezing cold tank
It comes a day after manager Manuel Pellegrini boldly compared Wilshere to Italian legend Andrea Pirlo.
Pirlo won the Champions League twice and Serie A six times in a glittering career. He also won the World Cup in 2006.
'A lot of you will remember Juventus around four or five years ago played with one holding midfielder,' said Pellegrini. 'It was Pirlo. Pirlo's the same as Jack.'
Wilshere will be playing against Arsenal for the first time since leaving the club this summer
Wilshere, signed on a free, was made surplus to requirements by Gunners boss Unai Emery
Pellegrini hopes West Ham can take advantage of the pressure Arsenal find themselves under when they head to the Emirates on Saturday.
The Gunners have yet to pick up a point this season under new boss Unai Emery after defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea.
'It is very difficult to say how long it will be,' said the Chilean. 'When I said that a new team, with a new manager and new players, needs time, it is because it is true. But I also say that football does not give you too much time.
'You must try to
improve and to win but I trust my experiences that I have had before. I
know the other teams that I had always produced that quality in the end,
and I am going to do that here as well.'