Thomas Partey’s injury highlights Arteta’s terrible luck with signings

It is incredible when you think of the few players we have signed in the last couple of years that have either arrived at Arsenal injured, or succumb to injury soon after arriving at the Emirates.

I know we have a long history of signing crocks (Kim Kallstrom anyone?) but Mikel Arteta seems to be even more unlucky than usual.

His first two confirmed signings were Cedric Soares and Pablo Mari after having them on loan for a while, since January this year in fact. Incredibly neither of them have made one League appearance for Arsenal in the whole of this year!

Arteta also inherited the signing of William Saliba, but for some reason Arteta didn’t think he was ready to play and was left out of our squad, despite costing 27 million.

He certainly got lucky (so far) with Gabriel Magalhaes, who has been excellent and has contributed to our brilliant defensive record this season and a couple of goals as well. I am keeping my fingers crossed that he stays fit all season for Arteta’s sake.

Then we spent all summer chasing Thomas Partey, who looked brilliant on his debut, but had only played the equivalent of 2 and a half games (232 minutes) before getting a thigh strain early in the game against Aston Villa.

We haven’t won a game since his injury, and Arteta has admitted that he is still some way from recovery. Arteta told yesterday: “I don’t know. I don’t think he will be with us in the next few games but still, we’ve been missing a lot of players. We have many different issues but I don’t like to use that excuse. At the end of the day, we are always really close to winning football matches and we have ended up losing them in the last few games and this is only in our hands with the players that we have. It’s what we have to do, we cannot change that. It is in our hands.”

The only other signings for Arteta has been Willian, who has been rubbish but Arteta has told us that the winger has also been suffering with ongoing injuries which is why he is not at his best, and of course Alex Runarsson, who has only been fit enough to play two times in the Europa League.

I don’t count Luiz as he has only been extended after being signed on Emery’s watch…

But that is some list of unl

Tags Cedric Pablo Mari Partey Willian


  1. Our club has been cursed for many many years by ridiculously way higher than expected injury list going back three managers now. Something MUST be wrong with the medical dept. This is stretching coincidence TOO FAR to be the actual reason. And so many are long term injuries that don’t seem that serious at first but keep theplayer out for ages. Something fishy for sure!

  2. I have heard that our team does little to no strength training compared to other EPL teams. I believe this may play a part in our decades long injury issues

  3. We’d pay £50m for a top-class physio, he’d be worth more than all our signings. They either become poor or get permacrocked.

  4. Sorry, but Cedric and Mari aren’t they just two players Arsenal were conned into. giving long term contracts without any justification I don’t even believe there is an issue there just two crooks Sanelin and Edu. With Partey we just don’t know,perhaps he was already carrying an injury into the Villa game and further aggravated it Not uncommon at Arsenal. Look at what Wegner did to Jack’s career. But it’s certainly true that over the past 15 years Arsenal’s history with injuries has been beyond normal. I used to like to joke that the treatment room had become an exclusive club. At times the TV camera would pan in and amaze at the value of
    the talentt Arsenal had sitting in the stands. And wasn’t it one of Wegner’s favourit ploys to stall fan demands for transfer market action by telling us that having X and Y back from injury would be like having two new signings. This was true even a few years ago when mighty Leicester showed more ambition and won the title. Nonetheless this season, haven’t the fans and possibly Arteta been putting too many eggs in the Partey basket.

  5. Arteta should look inwards, the under 23 are doing great, use Nile as a DM, use Smith in attack, introduce Balogun in place of Auba and Nketiah in place of Laca, I bet you after four game, they will be difficult to beat.

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