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Untold Injury Index – Gameweek 10. We’re top once again

Untold Injury Index – Gameweek 10

By Dale Higginbottom

Gameweek 10 saw some interesting results and performances by the so-called title contenders but how do the injury figures stack up?

Arsenal Vs West Ham

Arsenal (7 injuries)

  • Goalkeeper – Almunia (4)
  • Defence – Vermaelen (7), Gibbs (3)
  • Midfield – Frimpong (9), Ramsey (10), Diaby (3)
  • Attack – van Persie (7)

Additional issues: No additional issues reported.

Man Utd Vs Tottenham

Man Utd (6 injuries)

  • Goalkeeper – No injuries reported
  • Defence – Evans (2)
  • Midfield – Hargreaves (10), Valencia (6), Giggs (3)
  • Attack – Rooney (4), Owen (2)

Additional issues: Despite playing the full 90 minutes in the Carling Cup it appears Jonny Evans was not available for selection after a recurrence of his hip injury.

Tottenham (6 injuries)

  • Goalkeeper – No injuries reported
  • Defence – Dawson (7), King (4), Corluka (1)
  • Midfield – O’Hara (10), Huddlestone (1)
  • Attack – Defoe (8)

Additional issues: Woodgate, not in the 25-man squad, is not included in this list despite being injured.

Wolves Vs Man City

Man City (4 injuries)

  • Goalkeeper – No injuries reported
  • Defence – Kolarov (9)
  • Midfield – M. Johnson (10)
  • Attack – Tchuimeni-Nimely (7), Tevez (1)

Additional issues: Kolo Toure was back after a short injury and played 90 minutes.

Blackburn Vs Chelsea

Chelsea (3 injuries)

  • Goalkeeper, defence, attack – No injuries reported
  • Midfield – Lampard (7), Benayoun (5), Ramires (2)

Additional issues: Alex returned from injury and was fit to play the full game.

Bolton Vs Liverpool

Liverpool (4 injuries)

  • Goalkeeper, midfield– No injuries reported
  • Defence – Agger (4), Johnson (2)
  • Attack – Kuyt (5), Babel (1)

Additional issues: Cole picked up an injury and was replaced after 61 minutes.

So, our time away from the top of the injury tree was only short-lived. As we’ve had none of our long-term victims return but, have recently lost Gibbs for the next few weeks, we’ve crept back to the top of the injury table.

The performance this week did not appear to be linked to injuries as there were plenty of options for Arsene to change things about. Three points is three points however late the goal may come but I think we can be thankful that we had the attacking quality of Bendtner and Walcott on the bench to come on and change things, something which we’ve not always had this season.

With six injuries each Tottenham have nothing to really complain about in their game against Man Utd. OK, there was Nani’s goal, but there’s nothing on an injury front that they must think themselves as unlucky. It’s amazing how many centre-backs Tottenham need and how much they must be spending on wages in order to simply put out a balanced and fit team, surely that’s not really the way to run a football club.

Man Utd seem to now be steadying the ship after the Rooney debacle and appear to be getting performances out of the right players at the right time. A big test might come for them in a couple of weeks as they go away to City and then Villa.

Tevez is a huge miss for City. Even when down to 10 men last week I always thought that Tevez could do something but once he was substituted there seemed to be very little threat up front.

This week it was shown up even more so. Adebayor appeared as reliable in front of goal as he was with us and Balotelli still needs time to settle into the Premier League. We’ve been without our best striker for most of the season and it hasn’t really shown up too much. City have been without Tevez for a game and a half and are showing a lack of strength in depth which isn’t good considering their financial outlay over the past three seasons.

On a side note with regards City, I’d not realised that Michael Johnson has been out with injury all season so I’ve added him from now on and adjusted the overall figures.

Chelsea and Liverpool both got late wins and both needed the late goals as neither team could really put their poor performances down to massive injury concerns. Chelsea again had very few injuries to report but for them these seem important ones. All three of their injuries are in creative midfield roles and maybe another injury in that area might cause them to drop points if some of the others don’t step up to the plate.

Liverpool’s injuries are again at the lower end of the spectrum and it would be very interesting to see how they might cope later in the season when the games stack up. They need a lot of luck with injuries between now and January to have any hope of getting near to the top four.

After ten games the league is now taking shape. Despite the injury concerns of past weeks we’re settled in the top four and there is hope of returning players over the next couple of weeks to give us even more opportunities to rotate and rest players. November looks like it could be a good month for us for a change.

13 comments to Untold Injury Index – Gameweek 10. We’re top once again

  • naveen

    wilshere signs new contract..wooohoo!!

  • walter

    Yeah Naveen great news. No, GREAT NEWS!!!!!!!!!

    Oh what a big fan I am from since the first moment I saw him play with the reserves and seeing him score that bending shot against West Ham with the reserves as I was watching the game on my pc with arsenal tv online.

    So a big chear today for little Jack.

    WE’VE GOT THE JACK, JACK, JACK!!!!!……

  • walter

    On topic, another fine job Dale.
    I think Wenger said today that it will be only December at the most early before we will see Ramsey again as a player on the field. We must give him the time that he needs to become completely match fit. And let us not forget that he could have some troubles after his return with little injuries and muscle injuries also.

  • naveen

    well if december is the month then i’d wait for the kid.. let him take his time..he’s young..no rush..just want him to be the player he was before the unfortunate incident..
    so any ideas on whats actually happened to diaby??no word about him even for the CL match…hmmm

  • walter

    I think I have read somewhere that the ankle he is suffering since the Bolton assault on his leg is troubling him still.

  • John

    I think Diaby is having a bit of a cool-down from Wenger as his performances have not been up to scratch. He was terrible in the West Brom game, so an injury is a good way of covering that up. Hopefully he will come back refreshed and a little bit more consistent!

  • naveen

    oh ok..looks like we wont be seeing him for a while then..but hey…guess what…we have depth in the squad..hehe..everyone else seems to be glueing in very well.. but i wouldn’t want to have more unnecessary injuries if its possible..

    p.s–>i m rather new to posting so i hope u guys give me a break if i say anything stupid from time to time lol..
    cheers gooners!

  • HansRott

    We have three frontline players out. Four if you count Diaby.

    And who are we actually missing? Almunia? Not yet. Vermaelen? Not quite. RVP? Well, probably yes.

    The thing is Fabianski has stepped up, as have Koscielny, Squillaci, and even Djourou. Chamakh has been a gem. Nasri has found his form, Theo has come on, and AA23 has attacking stats to die for.

    Being top of the ‘crocked’ list isn’t what it meant last season. This season our cover is more than holding its own.

    And when Vermaelen and RVP return we should be even stronger which you have to admit is a frightening prospect. But for now we’re actually fine.

    If this is as bad as it gets then, fingers crossed, we’ve real chances.

    One game at a time – as the cliché goes.

  • Paul C.

    Hans – absolutely right, injuries dont matter half as much if you have good depth in the squad. Vermaelen, RvP, and Ramsey are the big ones I want fit again. Almunia and Diaby I am not bothered about.

  • Viejo

    Diaby was not pulled out of the ManCity game at the last minute because AW thought he needed to be taught a lesson, that’s just ridiculous reasoning. He has genuinely had a long standing problem with his ankle which needs time to heal and equally as importantly time for Diaby to regain confidence in the problematic injury, so for people to go around spreading rumors and trying to build resentment towards one of our players is pathetic. If you can’t or don’t know how to support this team then please shut up!

  • Dave

    YEah give diaby a break
    with cesc playing beside him the guy is a weapon!
    I would have loved to see him against West Ham in for denilson, we would have crushed them, Diaby is the sort of player that helps cesc too, athletic finds space and holds the ball well allowing cesc that bit extra time to find his own space! something Jack also does exceptionally!
    Depth what an asset it will be!

  • Chris the gasman

    Don’t you think its amazing that the manager of Rotherham United said he was expecting Randall to get a ‘welcome to league 2’ tackle on his debut. And shock horror surprise surprise some thug breaks his collarbone right on cue. Out for 2 months. Well Im sure now he has been let known that you are there in good english thuggery style, its bollocks really.

  • John

    HA! Diaby is great next to Cesc… I would be great next to Cesc! He has the talent, the potential… but he has not lived up to it 2 games in a row!