Arsène Wenger will launch an internal investigation into Arsenal’s medical procedures and training methods, in an attempt to get at the bottom of an injury crisis that is plaguing the club this season.
“I am concerned that this happens,” said Wenger. “If you look at our overall injury list going into such a decisive part of the season, we have not Wilshere, not Walcott, not Özil, not Ramsey and we went to Bayern without [Kieran] Gibbs and [Nacho] Monreal. We are analysing very deeply why it happened and to see if there is a link between all these injuries.”
In addition to Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott, Mesut Özil and Aaron Ramsey, who will all miss Sunday’s clash with Tottenham, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Yaya Sanogo and Nicklas Bendtner have all faced long layoffs this season.
Wenger acknowledged that Walcott’s injury was the result of bad luck and stated that he doesn’t think Wilshere’s is connected to the other players’ knocks, but the manager is concerned as to the reasons behind his squad’s other injuries. He is especially concerned about Ramsey, as he was expected to be back ahead of the North London Derby, but experienced another setback in training this week.
Getting to the root of player injuries could very well make a difference to Arsenal’s success – although it may come too late for the Gunners this season. Currently Arsenal are down to third, even on points with Liverpool, although in danger of being eclipsed by Manchester City. Despite being in first for much of the season, it’s Chelsea that now have a seven-point lead.
Arsenal don’t exactly have the easiest finish to the season, either. After the Derby, it’s Chelsea up next, and Manchester City a week after that. For now, Wenger will just need to cross his fingers that no other injuries strike his side, but getting to the root of the problem just may help Arsenal remedy their trophy drought.