Daily Archives: October 15, 2014
Injuries, they say, is part and parcel of the game but when you support a club that its players piling up in the treatment table at an alarming rate, then there’s a great cause for concern. Kieran Gibbs was the first player to suffer an injury this season and he was followed by Yaya Sanogo, that suffered a hamstring injury. Olivier Giroud was next in line with a mysterious leg fracture in the game against Everton but its heartwarming to know that he’s making his recovery ahead of schedule. Matt Debuchy suffered a nasty ankle injury in the game against Manchester City and shortly afterwards, Nacho Monreal suffered a back problem. In the North London derby, Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta had to be substituted due to injury and Jack Wilshere had his fitness concerns as well.
At the start of the international break, Mesut Ozil was diagnosed with a knee injury from the German medical staff and he’s stated to be out for at least 10 – 12 weeks. As if those injury problems during the break weren’t enough, the French FA announced that Laurent Koscielny was suffering from tendinitis of both Achilles tendons which is certainly a problem for Arsene Wenger, bearing in mind that Calum Chambers is already suspended for the game against Hull.
In the turn of the new week, it was Tomas Rosicky’s turn to suffer an injury and he missed out on the Czech Republic’s win over Kazakhstan. Rosicky revealed this information on an interview with Czech TV.
“I couldn’t do any sharp movement, couldn’t sprint. If I tried to play in one tempo, I wouldn’t make any difference for the team. I’ll come back to London and we’ll see. The doctor said I have something swollen between the muscles.”
With Ozil, Ramsey and Arteta out injured, Rosicky would have been afforded the chance to get some game time with the fixtures coming up and this calf injury isn’t going to help his cause but despite the fact that these influential midfielders are all out of action, the Gunners have enough depth in midfield to make up for their losses.
However, the Gunners cannot boast about the same quantity of personnel in attack at the moment. It’s worth noting that since Danny Welbeck was signed on transfer deadline day, Yaya Sanogo hasn’t played any match (due to his hamstring) and Giroud recuperating from his long-term injury, Arsenal doesn’t have the required numbers to make up for it. That was why many Arsenal fans were fretting (me included) where ranting seriously when Welbeck hobbled off the pitch and went straight to the dressing room, they prayed for the England striker’s return.
Roy Hodgson went on to speak about Welbeck’s predicament,
“I think he just rolled it slightly, but the doctors are not concerned about it all.”
Welbeck has scored four goals since securing his move from Manchester United, and he’s looking to build up the perfect platform he gave himself – a hat-trick against Galatasaray. Arsenal’s next fixtures in the league as somewhat easy on paper (no disrespect to the other clubs) and I foresee Welbeck getting in on the scoring act a couple of times.
Arsenal’s other attacking players are currently on their way to full fitness are recuperating and conditioning themselves. This would be relieving for Wenger but he’d be happy that Theo Walcott and Serge Gnabry are back, and I expect Wenger to ease them into the thick of things. More on their progress as the week moves on.
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