Arsenal’s injury jinx strikes again and threatens to ruin the career of one of the team’s best strikers…
The 2015/16 Premier League season is drawing to a close. With one game remaining we know that Leicester City are champions and that Aston Villa, Norwich and Newcastle United will be playing Championship football next season.
Now, players are turning their attention to the European Championships that will take place this summer and wonder if they have done enough to impress their respective national sides’ manager.
For England, Roy Hodgson has the unenviable challenge of selecting a squad that will once again attempt to live up to their potential and the hype of the English media. This year, names like Kane, Vardy and Drinkwater bolster Hodgson’s selection options after huge performances in the respective title winning and chasing season.
One name absent from the list of options will be Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck. The ex Manchester United striker has been ruled out of action for nine months following knee surgery to repair significant cartilage damage.
News of Welbeck’s new layoff will surely come as a blow as the striker has only returned from injury in February and was in excellent form, scoring five times in six appearances. However, any involvement in the summer tournament for England was ended at the weekend during Arsenal’s clash with Manchester City.
Following a shock move from United to London back in 2014, a move apparently endorsed and encouraged by Sir Alex Ferguson, the 25-year-old started brightly. It was not long however before Arsenal’s injury jinx struck. Welbeck was brought to the Emirates to help back fill for the likes of Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who have all suffered from prolonged stints out of the game due to various injuries.
Since his arrival, Welbeck himself has joined his crocked teammates on the sidelines a total of 314 days. Now, with news of this latest injury, add a further nine months to this worrying statistic.
When you consider that during his time with Manchester United, the London born striker missed a total of 130 days in his seven seasons at the Old Trafford club, the near three fold rise in injury layoffs is something that is not only worrying but also begs the question, just what is going on at Arsenal that could be causing players to pick up so many serious injuries.
Facing into the prospect of missing the European Championships and the better part of the 2016/17 Premier League season, Welbeck might well be wondering the same thing and whether moving from Manchester was the right choice at all. With time on his hands, he posted this update to his Twitter account.
I will be back stronger! ?? pic.twitter.com/ueLNSfHxZl
— Danny Welbeck (@DannyWelbeck) May 11, 2016
At least it can be said he has taken a positive approach to this latest injury. However, with the time off through injury rising steadily, it must be wondered if the best years of his career are going to be wasted on the Arsenal physio table.