Rival injury problems giving Arsenal the advantage in top four race?

For once this latest international break was actually good to Arsenal, in respect of our players all coming back from their travels around the world to play for their countries all in one piece and with no injury problems to speak of. In fact we even had the benefit of Mesut Ozil getting his first run out for some time to help him be ready for the important Premier League clash with Man City this weekend, while Alexis Sanchez performed heroics for Chile while proving that the knock to his ankle which saw him taken off at West Brom is not going to affect him.

Perhaps just as important, though, is the fact that three of our big rivals for the top four Champions League qualifying places did see players pick up injuries with their national teams. As reported by Sky Sports the Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is very unhappy about the timing of the England games after he lost Adam Lallana to a hamstring injury which is likely to last around four weeks.

They also have no Sturridge or Henderson for the big Merseyside derby this weekend and Lallana will also miss matches against Bournemouth, Stoke, West Brom and Crystal Palace. Man United’s squad was also hit during this break, with England defenders Smalling and Jones ruled out through injury and Fellaini a doubt with a toe problem. With a huge fixture list ahead of them United could really pay for these knocks and that can only be good news for the Gunners.

Finally, our chances of beating Man City this weekend may also have been handed a big boost with Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne both picking up knocks, so is our luck on the injury front finally changing?



  1. JustJoy says:

    No.. If we beat Shitty then it’s a Wenger Stay on.. But if we loose 4:1 at Home believe me Le Proff Position will be clarified with immediate alacrity that Sunday evening or Monday afternoon. Is like stabbing from my neck to anus.. All injury to our rivals is to our disadvantages because Wenger is clueless.????. Who can keep wearing the same shirt for 20years. Time is up Sir AW.

  2. gmv8 says:

    It doesn’t really matter – if we keep putting on such a spineless display as we put on against West Brom (AS7 excluded, the kind of player who we are in desperate need of, with the attitude we desperately need and should be moving heaven and earth to retain), the opposition could turn up on crutches, and we’d still lose.

  3. simonsays says:

    No, any advantage will be nullified by Arsene ‘don’t bother marking anyone at corners’ Wenger. But seriously if we are all now praying to the gods for other teams to have injuries then we really have all lost the plot. Maybe we should be asking why we have so many injuries and when we do why do we then go into freefall.

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  5. ras911 says:

    Even if all the players in the top teams break their legs we’ll still end up 7th.

  6. josh37 says:

    Wow.. Thought I’d check in to see if there’s anything constructive being discussed before a big game.. just a massive mopefest!! Yawn…

  7. Austin says:

    Let Man City play with 5 players, Arsenal play with 11 they will still lose the match, they lack focus please I don,t want to develop BP because of ARSENAL

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