Arsenal has always had a great record of producing or employing great medical staff.
Dr John Crane, who sadly died recently, was a lynchpin for Arsenal and England and Gary Lewin left us last summer to work full time with England.
So it’s a cause of some frustration than we find ourselves yet again with a small squad stretched to capacity after more injuries on Wednesday night.
I just can’t understand it, to be honest.
It makes a tough task next Tuesday all the more tricky.
Eduardo’s injury against Birmingham last season was the result of a rash tackle, nothing more, but when he was seen jogging around the pitch in August, it gave the impression that he would be fit sooner rather than later.
I’m all for the club taking it slowly, but he has now had three niggles, the last after only eight minutes on the field, which prevents his inclusion in the squad. How we could do with a fit Eduardo, especially with Manu Adebayor being so listless recently.
Then of course there’s Tomas Rosicky, whose career may well be over, let alone his Arsenal career. My Addict friends have mixed feelings – we all know how good he is, we all accept how fragile he is, but is his recent declaration of optimism the last words of a deluded man or genuine expectation that he will be back next season?
Either way, let’s look at the other injuries:
- Clichy and RvP – out for long periods or intermittently in each of the last three seasons
- Abou Diaby – one bad injury at Sunderland followed by a host of niggles that prevent an extended run (that may not be such a bad thing)
- William Gallas – out for the season after sustaining injury in Villareal
- Theo Walcott – two shoulder injuries in as many years
- Cesc Fabregas – out for three months mid season after not having enough of a pre-season and getting crocked by international team-mate
You’re getting the picture...
What I can’t work out is whether this is just the typical injury list of a side playing in four competitions, wear and tear that we have to expect. M*nure had R*naldo out injured for a while but they never seem to have the consistently long injury list. Owen Hargreaves seems to be the sum of it.
When Arséne Wenger arrived, we were all told about his new fitness regimes, his ability to add years to the careers of players who thought they were past it....but we still seem to suffer far more than most.
I don’t blame Wenger, nor do I expect him to have too many players in the squad because people get restless.
But there’s got to be a reason...gypsy curse, anyone?