Maybe it was a bad idea for Arsenal to put a revolving door in the treatment room. That is certainly how it feels for the Gunners at the minute, as no sooner do we get a few players back from injury than they are replaced by other members of the Arsenal squad.
The latest to join the Gunners in the treatment room is our Czech Republic international Tomas Rosicky, who was on the bench as his country beat Kazakhstan to top their euro qualifying group ahead of struggling Holland. But as a report in The Telegraph reveals, the Arsenal midfielder was never going to play as he could not even sprint.
Rosicky himself explained what was wrong with him after the game, and we will have to wait and see what the medical diagnosis says once he returns to London and undergoes some tests. But it does not sound too encouraging.
The 34-year old said, “I couldn’t do any sharp movement, couldn’t sprint. If I tried to play in one tempo, I wouldn’t make any difference for the team.
“I’ll come back to London and we’ll see. The doctor said I have something swollen between the muscles.”
So with Mesut Ozil already out of action, the Arsenal midfield is now taking over from the defence in being stretched to breaking point. With Ramsey still unavailable, you would assume that Wilshere plays in the box to box role, so that leaves just Cazorla to fill the number 10 role.
At a pinch, Arsene Wenger could use Flamini and Arteta together or play Oxlade-Chamberlain alongside one of them and push Jack further forward. Now would be a good time to hear that Abou Diaby was fit to play again, and we could do with Lukas Podolski stepping up to fill that wide left role as well.
But with Champions League games as well, can Arsenal cope with all these injuries?