And you thought that Arsenal had bad luck with injuries! Well we do, but you have to feel a bit sorry for our Premier League opponents on Saturday, because West Ham, who were already missing two of their front line in Carlton Cole and Andy Carroll, have now a lost a third striker to one of those bizarre injuries that must have a manager tearing his hair out.
The football media just love them though, so Metro could not wait to spread the news that the West Ham and Ecuador international star Enner Valencia will miss the trip to the Emirates on Saturday after a run in with a broken coffee cup left him with a damaged toe. It´s not funny!
The Hammers have already lost a big physical threat with Cole and Carroll and now they have lost the pace and trickery of Valencia, who is their joint second top scorer and has been a real hit with the club since joining last summer.
What is important for Arsenal now is to not take the result for granted and to keep our heads in the right place. We need to a Man United, not a Monaco. We do have our own injury problems and the latest one keeping Gabriel out of action means that Wenger has very few central defensive options, so the fact that our opponents have only one fit striker in Diafra Sakho is a massive boost. Make sure you don´t waste it Gunners!