It is not funny anymore is it Arsenal fans? It never was to be fair, but the annual mountain of injury and fitness problems affecting the Gunners and effectively ending any slim hopes we entertained about this being our season has come to a head once again with the news that Santi Cazorla is out for the season.
If Arsenal had not slipped up so many times to allow the current Premier League leaders to open up such a big, and frankly unbridgeable, gap at the top of the table then we Arsenal fans would have been hoping for the boost that our team would get when the injury hit Spanish midfield star Santi Cazorla was fit to play again.
Laurent Koscielny’s Arsenal career is a story of certain ‘rags to riches’ case. He came in as a young unknown defender, whom many criticised for his lack of experience. But after seven years with the club he is now recognised as one of the very best defenders not just in England, but in European football.
Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny has fallen foul of injury whilst on international duty with Egypt this week.
The midfielder was due to play in tonight’s crunch quarter-final match against Morocco this evening, but was ruled out with a calf injury.
If Arsenal Football club and our record on the return dates of players on the injury list being put back over and over again is to go by, then there is a huge chance that we will not be seeing the Spanish international midfield star kicking a ball in anger again for the Gunners this season.
Arsenal are probably famous for keeping injured players on the books ever since the Diaby fiasco, and more recently we have had Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky given an extra year, when Arteta was patently too old and injury-prone to play again, and Rosicky definitely didn’t want to stay and sit on the bench for another year.
Arsene Wenger was extremely agitated about Arsenal having to play against Bournemouth just two days after the win against Crystal Palace and the biggest gripe he had was that his players didn’t have time to recover from the tiredness and knocks that were sustained in the first game.
This is usually the time of year when Arsenal have a long list of injuries and Arsene Wenger gets to make full use of his squad, but for a change the list seems to be getting smaller. The best news of the day is the return of Mustafi in time to face Crystal Palace on Sunday. Wenger stated yesterday: “Shkodran is back in normal training and he will be back in the squad.”