If you are one of the Arsenal fans who give credence to the theory that injury problems have quite a big impact on a club and it´s ability to win a trophy, especially a league title like the Premier League that is hard fought over a long time and a large number of games, then you will surely be concerned that once again it is the Gunners that have more players out of action than all of our main EPL rivals.
Arsenal are known for their injury crisis around this time of year, so we thought we’d bring you an update on the latest issues regarding our squad.
Theo Walcott was taken off with 15 minutes to play on Sunday, before being seen nurturing his leg, although Arsene Wenger has insisted there is nothing to worry about concerning the England international.
Santi Cazorla is out of contract come the end of the season, so why have Arsenal failed to extend his deal?
The Spaniard has been one of our most influential players this season, being one of the first names on the teamsheet when fit, and I can think of no reason why he would be left to run his contract down this season.
Maybe it is because we are so used to Arsenal being plagued by injury problems year after year that it seems normal, but it does seem a bit odd that a lot of the talk in the football media in the build up to the north London derby this weekend is about the injury problems facing the Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino.
As Arsenal prepare for the fourth Champions League group game away to the Bulgarian champions Ludogorets Razgrad, we look poised on the brink of all but securing a place in the next round and hopefully winning the group to make that knockout stage earlier.
Arsenal are known for their injury problems and with their list of injuries growing at present, there could be cause for concern.
Lucas Perez is the latest name to join the absentee list, having picked up an ankle injury this week, and is now the fourth squad member to become unavailable until December at the earliest, while the ever-important Santi Cazorla is also doubtful for the Sunderland tie this weekend.
Arsenal succumbed to a 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough this weekend, and some people would even say we were lucky with the one point we received.
Boro boss Aitor Karanka claimed his side should have won the match, and if it wasn’t for Petr Cech’s heroics, we most likely would have lost, but the same could also be said for Victor Valdes, who denied us with some super saves also.
Arsenal wrapped up the 3pm kick offs in the Premier League today with a closely fought 0-0 draw, with both Cazorla and Xhaka unavailable to feature.
The game saw plenty of opportunities open up for both sides, but neither team could take their chances. It was a Petr Cech masterclass that kept Arsenal from dropping all three points, but fellow keeper Victor Valdes also had a game to remember for Middlesbrough.