The long and heavily congested Christmas fixture list is starting to take it’s toll on the Arsenal players, as the injury problems begin to mount up. We have had many intense and highly physical matches recently but the match against Liverpool was played at an even more furious pace than I could have imagined.
It is amazing that on Friday we only lost the defender Nacho Monreal with an ankle injury, as our defence was run ragged by Klopp’s rapid counter-attacking formation. Luckily Shkrodan Mustafi came through his reintroduction unscathed in the second half of the game.
The latest bad news is that Olivier Giroud could be out until February as his hamstring problem sustained in the Caraboa Cup game against West Ham is worse than we originally thought and is expected to now have no chance of leaving the club in January whether he wants to or not.
Of course we all know Santi Cazorla is back to square one and is very unlikely to play for the club again after needing yet another operation on his foot. He will be sadly missed.
Aaron Ramsey has not played for two weeks since our draw at Southampton but Wenger is hopeful he will be back soon. He said earlier this week: “Ramsey was out running [on Monday] but he will not be back in the next 10 days. For him, the beginning of January is more likely.”
Francis Coquelin seems to have recovered after hiis slight hamstring strain at the beginning of the West Ham game and otherwise we have a good healthy squad as we get into an even more congested January which will include 3 games against Chelsea…