Danny Welbeck succumbed to a severe groin strain after playing just 5 matches of the season and he will be out for some time according to Arsene Wenger, but why he calls it a “good” injury I have no idea! “He has a groin problem. I don’t know how severe it is but it looks like a ‘good’ groin problem, not an easy one.”
Danny certainly didn’t look very happy when he was being taken off, so I hope it turns out to be not as bad as Wenger thinks it is. He is our top scorer of the season so far.
We also have Mesut Ozil who missed the game with a problem that Wenger doesn’t seem to want to disclose. ‘Mesut Ozil is injured, [Alexis] Sanchez is close to his best,’ Wenger told Sky Sports before the game. He trained on his own the day before the match, coincidentally on the same day that the rumours about the German wanting to join Jose Mourinho at Man United surfaced. Again we can only hope that it is not too serious and not a completely different problem. At least Alexis may be approaching fitness again, but does he have the motivation? It wasn’t too obvious against Chelsea…
Of course we have also lost Francis Coquelin to a hamstring injury and he is expected to be out for another three weeks. It will weaken our chances to rotate in midfield, but with much easier games coming up we should be able to muddle through without him.
Of course we all know that Santi Cazorla is extremely unlikely to be fit before Christmas, if ever, but should we worry about our growing injury list so early in the season?