Allardyce – Arsenal are not the only team with injury problems

Arsenal face Sam Allardyce’s Sunderland team tomorrow, and the Black Cat’s have finally found some form under their new boss and have won their last two games without conceding a goal. Big Sam has changed the formation to three at the back and he intends to stick with it, but he also has injuries to key players in his side.

Sam said in the Sunderland Echo: “Obviously at this moment in time, it seems to suit the team, but if you get injuries in certain areas, then we might have to change.

“But while the team is playing well in that system and producing results, then you stay with that.

“Our injury scenario means we’ll have to tweak it because we haven’t got Seb or Jermain Defoe.

“Other players will have to step in and do the business.”

All the news in the papers are about Arsenal’s mounting injury crisis, but Sam says they will always be hard to beat, whoever plays. “Listen,” he said. “the Man United’s, Arsenal’s, Chelsea’s and Man City’s have much more capability of coping with injuries than we have,”

“They keep 24 international players and that’s why they’re still competing in the Champions League and finish in the top four when they get injuries.

“That’s no disrespect to my players, it’s just a fact of life.

“We’ve got Jack Rodwell, Jermain Defoe and Seb Larsson not playing, who are three big, big players with Premier League experience who we could do with being available for Saturday.

“They’re not there, so let’s hope the players who step in can cope. “

So maybe Arsenal fans should stop moaning about our injuries and just get on and deal with it. It will be 11 v 11 on the day, and the team that plays the best football will hopefully win the game….

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  1. Davros says:

    I don’t know. Look at our injuries list

    Koscielny (close to return)
    Walcott (close to return)

    That’s pretty bad

    1. muffdiver says:

      i got 99 problems…an that list is half of them

      (jay z’s math skills are questionable)

  2. 007 says:

    Wenger reveals his a huge Bob Marley fan. As a fan of Bob too, I know something else I like apart from music that Wenger might like too.

    Iree Wenger, use a bong man, maybe it will help reduce the side effects of slow decision making and being in your own world that you are suffering from.

    Jah bless and catch you on Monday Gunners. 3 nill is my prediction for tomorrow’s game.

  3. muffdiver says:

    i remember sams bolton side being our bogey team with there negative tactics…

    that reminds me- anyone remember jay jay okocha?

  4. Mo1 says:

    to all those complaining about injuries have a good look around at the other teams, utd,city have all got big injuries but unlike arsenal fans dont always use it to moan. Tomorrow is a must win game no Excuses time for the bottlers to stop talking off the pitch and deliver on it, anything but a win and you can not only consider the title race over but id say top four also because spurs,liverpool etc are defo on their way up.

  5. goonthinker says:

    there are 7 arsenal players capable of starting for real madrid
    cech bellerin kos cazorla ozil sanchez walcott and maybe coq

    5 arsenal players capable of starting for barca
    cech kos bellerin cazorla ozil

    so this means that a number of our players can start for two of the biggest clubs in the world but where does the problem
    injuries are the main problem
    and lack of leadership another.
    We are so near yet so far

  6. DennisTheMenace says:

    ….but we have $ 200 M in the bank…. that counts right????

  7. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin says:

    I think I remember Big Sam Allardyce once said, he relishes beating Arsenal. But this time around, I am afraid he will relish losing 3 points to Arsenal tomorrow at the Emirates Stadium.

    Irrespective of whether Jamie Defoe and co; are available or not for the Black Cats doesn’t concern the Gunners. That’s there problem. Arsenal too have their own injury problem to contend with. Arsenal don’t need to be lectured on injury crisis. If at all injury crisis lectures are to be given, Big Sam should apply to Arsenal school to be lectured on injury crisis. And not him lecturing Arsenal in the other way round.

    The Gunners have no any other choice other than the only available choice of to caged 4 disturbing Black Cats tomorrow on the Emirates Stadium football playing pitch. When the rude and insulting Big Sam Allardyce brings his Black Cats outfit to engage the Gunners in a battle for all the 3 points that will be at stake.

    Big Sam Allardyce has perfected his game plan to collect a valuable 1 point from this game tomorrow as the Gunners will face one of the Pack The Bus and Counter Attack Teams to steal a point.

    Therefore The Boss and the Gunners MUST defuse any Pack The Bus strategy Big Sam and his Black Cats will be employing against the Boss and the Gunners tomorrow to steal a point. Steal? The Gunners should shout, thieves! thieves!! thieves!!! Black Cats against Gunners? The Paws against the Bullets? Never heard of that before. It’s strange. AFC 4-0 SFC. Full-time 90” +.

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