The Timing of Welbeck’s Injury is a Cause for Concern
Season in, season out, Arsenal seems to have that player or two that suffers a long term injury and leave that position relatively short. Can you remember the defensive crisis we had in the 2011/12 season? Bacary Sagna broke his leg, Andre Santos had an ankle operation, Kieran Gibbs had a hernia surgery, Carl Jenkinson had a back problem, Thomas Vermaelen had an ankle injury and Per Mertesacker’s season was already over with a nasty injury he sustained at the Stadium of Light. Arsenal was so light at the back to the extent that Johan Djourou and Francis Coquelin were deployed as auxiliary full backs.
As the season’s progressed, more long-term injuries surfaced. Abou Diaby missed out for nine months after he tore his ACL on his knee, Lukas Podolski tore his hamstring when he attempted to sprint for a pass against Fenerbahce, Jack Wilshere suffered a stress fracture on his ankle that made him miss 14 months of action, Theo Walcott suffered an ACL injury in the FA Cup third round with Tottenham, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain missed the first five months of the 2013/14 campaign following an impact injury from Aston Villa’s Antonio Luna, Aaron Ramsey’s great campaign was halted for four months by a thigh injury, Mesut Ozil did his knee in the Chelsea game and even an exceptionally fit player like Olivier Giroud broke his leg when he attempted to block Sylvain Distin’s clearance.
It’s really crazy see these this happen again and again and one wonders if our medical staff have been learning from past mistakes / patients and the whole nine yards. This season began with Tomas Rosicky and Danny Welbeck suffering injuries from the previous campaign but shortly afterwards, a regular customer, Jack Wilshere, suffered an injury and remained on the sidelines for a while.
It is well-publicized that the fans were hoping for some extra additions to the squad after the signing of Petr Cech and it’s also well publicized that Arsene Wenger made it clear that he was happy with his current squad and there were not going to be any additions to the team unless he finds that player that was going to improve the team. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen and the fans were preparing to move on from the disappointment and focus on what would be a grueling campaign.
A new word has been formed called “Arsene-ing” – When you don’t want to purchase an item because you feel that it’s not going to improve what you currently have.
Then boooooooooooom!!! The official site published at article about Welbeck requiring surgery and he was going to be out for a couple of months,
“Danny Welbeck has undergone surgery on his left knee after being unable to sufficiently step up his rehabilitation work. The striker has been working throughout the summer to recover from the injury sustained at the end of April.
It had been hoped he would avoid surgery but after increasing his training workload, the injury to his cartilage did not respond as well as hoped and the decision was taken last week for him to undergo surgery by a leading specialist in the field.
Danny is now expected to be out for a period of months and everyone at Arsenal wishes him well.”
Despite the fact that the club expects him to be out for a period of months, some keyboard warriors are predicting that he may be out till Christmas. This is really terrible news, bearing in mind that the club failed to secure the services of a new forward this summer. This leaves the Gunners with Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott, another forward with a track record of injuries. Many fans feel hurt with the fact that the club was aware about the injury while the transfer window was still open but chose to release the news after it was closed.
As it stands, we just have to be hopeful that the club doesn’t have any more injuries because it’s going to be a struggle battling for four competitions if Arsene Wenger doesn’t have all his players at his disposal. Wenger was hoping for Welbeck and Wilshere to be fit after the international break but the former would remain on the sidelines for quite some time. Let’s just hope nothing happens to the latter.
I wish Welbeck a speedy recovery and I hope he comes back stronger.
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