Injuries to key players Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere has left Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger cursing his luck.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has more problems to contend with in the wake of Saturday’s 1-1 draw with north London rivals Tottenham at The Emirates which saw injuries to Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshire.
Ramsey pulled a hamstring during the encounter which is likely to keep him sidelined for up to a month, Arteta sustained a calf injury which rules him out till after the international break while Jack Wilshire is also a doubt having taken a knock in a tangle with Spurs full back Danny Rose.
With Mathieu Debuchy also ruled out for three months the words ‘injury crisis’ are probably not an exaggeration here. Boss Arsene Wenger is at a loss to explain the situation, especially with Arteta and Ramsey who were rested for the Capital One Cup game during the week. He was quoted in The Mirror as saying:
“We have to really look at what happened. There’s no logic as it’s two players who were not involved in the week – no Arteta, not Ramsey – and they had quite a light week for them. We have to analyse what happened there. I don’t understand.”
Having endured miserable luck with injuries last season – the loss of key players such as Ramsey and Theo Walcott saw the title challenge evaporate after Christmas – Wenger recruited fitness guru Shad Forsyth whose expertise helped the German national team to World Cup Glory. However his magic hasn’t seemed to improve the fortunes of the Gunners’ injury prone squad.
Wenger will have to be imaginative in his line ups for Wednesday’s must-win Champions League clash with Galatasaray at The Emirates, and next week’s visit to Stamford Bridge where they suffered a humiliating 6-0 thrashing last season.
Dan O’Mahony, Pundit Arena.
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