Untold Injury Index – Gameweek 8: Arsenal in declining injuries shocker!

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Untold Injury Index – Gameweek 8: Arsenal in declining injuries shocker!

By Dale Higginbottom

Any international break is always a time of unease for football fans and when they appear at a time when their club is already suffering the wrath of the injury gods, it can certainly make for times of stunted fingernail growth. This last international break might also have been a little more worrying considering the importance (to the national teams involved) of some of the games played and given Arsenal’s recent run of results, any further injuries would’ve made things even more difficult to stomach. Thankfully, as you will see shortly, we largely came out of the break unscathed and with players returning (or close to returning) we look in a better position to continue into the season with a bit more confidence than we have of late. Onto gameweek 8…

A = Ankle K = Knee
B = Back L = Achilles
C = Calf M = Muscle
D = Dead Leg N = Hip
E = Hamstring R = Rib
F = Fatigue/Lack of Fitness S = Shoulder
G = Groin T = Thigh
H = Head Injury/Concussion U = Unknown
I = Illness Y = Hand
J = Foot Z = Broken Leg

Arsenal Vs Sunderland (2-1)

Injuries Arsenal (5 + 0S) Sunderland (3 + 1S)
Goalkeeper N/A Gordan (K)
Defence Vermaelen (A,5), Sagna (A,2) Angeleri (K)
Midfield Wilshere (A,8), Diaby (A,8), Ramsey (E,1) N/A
Attack N/A Campbell (K)
Additional issues Gibbs was forced off after 50 mins, picking up a stomach problem. Wickham returned to the squad from a groin injury and was a second-half substitute.
Suspended N/A Bardsley

Newcastle Vs Tottenham (2-2)

Injuries Newcastle (5 + 0S) Tottenham (8 + 0S)
Goalkeeper N/A N/A
Defence Williamson (A) Gallas (C,7), Dawson (L,4), Corluka (U,1)
Midfield Vuckic (H), Smith (E), Guthrie (G) Pienaar (G,7), Lennon (G,5), Huddlestone (A,4), Kranjcar (A,3), Sandro (C,5)
Attack Sm. Ameobi (E) N/A
Additional issues N/A Adebayor was a doubt with a hamstring issue but started and played most of the game. King was forced off after 30 mins.
Suspended N/A N/A

Chelsea Vs Everton (3-1)

Injuries Chelsea (2 + 1S) Everton (2 + 0S)
Goalkeeper Hilario (N,2) N/A
Defence N/A N/A
Midfield Essien (K,8) N/A
Attack N/A Anichebe (G)
Additional issues Ramiress picked up a knee injury and was withdrawn after 65 minutes. Heitinga was a doubt after picking up an injury on international duty but was on the bench.
Suspended Torres N/A

Liverpool Vs Man Utd (1-1)

Injuries Liverpool (1 + 0S) Man Utd (4 + 0S)
Goalkeeper N/A N/A
Defence Johnson (E,7) Rafael (S,8), Vidic (C,7)
Midfield N/A Gibson (A,6), Cleverley (F,4)
Attack N/A N/A
Additional issues Agger was a doubt but was included in the squad on the bench. N/A
Suspended N/A N/A

Man City Vs Aston Villa (4-1)

Man City (1 + 0S) Aston Villa (4 + 0S)
Goalkeeper N/A N/A
Defence N/A Lichaj (N), Collins (G)
Midfield N/A Jenas (L)
Attack Aguero (G,1) Delfouneso (E)
Additional issues Balotelli was a doubt with a back injury but played the whole game. Richards picked up a head injury and was forced off after 66 mins. Ireland was a doubt with an ankle injury but started and played the first 55 mins. Cuellar was also a doubt but was in the squad and was an unused substitute.
Suspended N/A N/A

Yes, you do see correctly, the numbers have reduced! Arsenal picked up one injury during the break (Ramsey) but were able to bring back Koscielny, Djourou and player of the season (so far) Szczesny all were fit to play after going into the break with injuries. Now, with five injuries (plus maybe Gibbs) the numbers look a little improved, especially as the current injury list only has two long-term absentees and the other three should be back in the next week or two (Ramsey’s even in the squad for the Champions League) so we could possibly see this reflect in performances and results.

Looking around the teams, there’s little else to really comment on, not a lot of change in fortunes. Totts still crocked, City, Liverpool and Chelsea still riding their luck and Arsenal and United now somewhere in-between.

On United, their squad for the game at Anfield was an interesting one. Rooney, Nani and Hernandez were all on the bench as Sir Alex F-Word was worried about United’s poor start to the Champions League campaign and had one eye on next weekend’s Manchester derby. United’s injury levels look pretty comfortable and they should be able to field a pretty strong team against City.

And as we’re talking about City I really don’t know how they do it. Not the results, they are consistent and often impressive, no it’s the distinct lack of injuries that baffles me. It seems that the form from last season has continued where City also recorded considerably fewer injuries than the worst-hit teams. This surely has to change soon doesn’t it?

It might be a little premature to be predicting reduced injury numbers but things do seem to be looking better. I know that typically we’d be anticipating the near-return of a key player and then we’ll be hit by a serious injury to another key player just before he returns (please not van Persie or Szczesny) but let’s hope that is not the case, at least until the confidence is back and all the new players have fully settled in. Ideally though, let’s all wish for a reversal of fortunes between us and City, it could happen.


8 Replies to “Untold Injury Index – Gameweek 8: Arsenal in declining injuries shocker!”

  1. @ Dale – I think City have the luxury of resting their top players and knowing they have somebody of equal or similar quality to step in, they will suffer fewer fatigue injuries. Unfortunately if we decided to rest Van Persie, or one of our defenders, we have no real replacement for them.

    But it is good news that in 2-3 weeks we should have another 3 players back aswell (diaby, vermaelen, gibbs) with just Sagna and Wilshere out long-term, just a shame they’re 2 of our most talented and reliable players.

  2. @critic – Looked like he may have just over stretched slightly. Fingers crossed it was just a small pull of the hamstring behind the knee (hopefully 2 weeks out). Must think positively about these things!
    Djourou does worry me a bit at right-back. I think I would prefer song at Centre back with mert and kos on the right and frimpong in the holding role. Despite Djourou being big I think frimpong and song have much more strength than him, which will be much needed against the thugs we’re playing on sunday.

  3. We are praying for less injuries. Djourou is not a bad player. He held the forte well last season for a while. What I think he needs is more playing time. There is need to rotate him and other players to stem the tide of fatigue injuries.

  4. Might be worth looking at what Man City do differently to us training wise to see if there is a link there. I remember reading some articles about this area, and the risk of ‘over training’ leading to muscle injuries.

  5. Yep. I jinxed that one a bit. Although it was one in, one out last night so the total might be unchanged. Personally is like to see Francis Coquelin in the right-back position whilst Jenkinson and Sagna are out.

  6. @Dale

    You mean you Jenksed that one a bit 🙂 HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHahahah.. oh… Ummmmm…. **Sneaks out during the awkward silence**

  7. Hopefully injuries shud come down further…but i hope Jenkinson is fit, bcoz we wont have a specialist right back in our squad then…

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