15 responses

  1. dave
    13/06/2014

    take diaby out the equation and are we still worst?

  2. Mandy Dodd
    13/06/2014

    This is good news, the club are clearly having a real look at this. Whatever their conclusions, and I am sure treatment by the refs comes right at the top of their list, we need to do something about this. Our youngsters who do not face the worst of the PGMOL get the same problems, our recovery rates appear to this non injury specialist at least….to lag behind those of others.
    I am not playing any blame games here, for a start do not know enough on the subject, but sometimes a new fresh approach to certain things can pay dividends, and if that’s what the club have done, good for them.
    Reducing injuries, with the quality of players we have, could be as important, or in some cases more important than new signings.
    This , and changes in the academy will hopefully be positive for the club going forward, expect maybe more changes as well.
    Now…the difficult part, dealing with the refs……and their puppet masters

  3. insideright
    13/06/2014

    The Ox was also out for half the season – as was Podolski. And we only finished seven points off the top. Surely a 50% reduction in the impact of these injuries (i.e. back to an ‘average’ level) would have made a serious difference.

  4. oldgroover
    13/06/2014

    We’re number one.

  5. para
    13/06/2014

    Glad something is being done about it at Arsenal.

    The main cause of injuries i think is the ambiguous rules and the refs not willing to take control of the game. We can see that Arsenal is left unprotected above all others, most certainly by design.

    Just watching the game last night, Bra-Cro, i was horrified at how Croatia got away with having 11 men on the field, and this was just in the first half. When Bra started to fight back, then the yellows started coming out. It so reminded me of watching most Arsenal games.

    If the rules are allowed to be applied when the Ref thinks it should instead of having absolute rules, then it leaves it all open for all sorts of manipulation and personal interests to be served.

    The push to promote “rugby-football” is quite strong in some quarters, especially those (i think) who lack the skill in football and they rely on aggressive and brutal tackles, career threatening tackles.

    If not for Arsenal, i would probably give up watching football regularly.

  6. Rupert Cook
    13/06/2014

    It seems to me that Brazil are getting plenty of favours so far. A penalty that shouldn’t have been. Neymar probably sent off for raising his hands and hitting an opponent and a perfectly decent goal for Croatia disallowed. I sincerely hope we see a referee with a bit of backbone at the WC who isn’t afraid to penalize Brazil.

  7. Pat
    13/06/2014

    Great article, Tony.

    Untold as ever keeps this issue on the agenda. I was infuriated again to read in the paper that Jack Wilshere ‘was injured’ in a match when we all know he was kicked by Daniel Agger.

    It is great that Arsenal are upgrading their training facilities once again. However, as long as the referees carry on allowing other teams to injure our players, the problem will persist. Short of encasing their limbs in protective material, what are we supposed to do?

    It did look to me yesterday as if Croatia were trying to win by rough tactics. So whatever anybody’s judgment on individual incidents, in the end a win for Brazil was a just result.

  8. bob
    13/06/2014

    “I am sure Arsenal have made and are making protests too.”
    Tony,
    I fervently hope so. It’s logical. It’s needed.
    So how about offering a scintilla of why this is hopefully true — as several readers hereabouts have been advocating and yearning for now several seasons running. It’s surely what people want to hear; but how about giving some grounds for this belief.

  9. bob
    13/06/2014

    “we all know he was kicked by Daniel Agger”
    Pat,
    yes, but only a few like Rantetta showed us the images and, as I recall, very few then actually said so. If a whole season then goes by and no one bothers to rail about this openly, recurrently, etc., and Liverpool finish second in their Cinderella story, isn’t it about time that Agger’s clipping Walcott’s foot became a regular part of our ongoing narrative. If nothing else, so that Agger and Rodgers knew that they are being closely watched and held to account in some (if feeble) way. The media have never said anything on this, and only saying-so, at the time (when it matters most) from AFC fans like us could make a difference and get the perception on to the public/PGMOL/Scouser radar. “Everyone knows” what Agger did is not as good as everyone says what Agger did. Perhaps this year AFC fans will at the very least serenade the likes of the Aggers in the same way as we have serenaded Ramsey’s attacker whenever he graces our pitch.

  10. jayramfootball
    13/06/2014

    It really does not matter what Arsenal do in terms of mitigating injuries. One can only assume that the club have been aware there is, shall we say, an anomaly when it comes to how many injuries we suffer.
    It’s hard to know whether our physical training is an issue or whether it is just the fact that opposing teams are allowed to kick our players all over the pitch and get away with it. In fact, even more than getting away with it, opposing players are encouraged by the FA and referees to seriously hurt our players and end their careers. That might sound harsh and OTT and of course it is not a direct verbal encouragement, but when you see referees and the FA take no action then that is encouragement enough for opposing managers to tell their players to ‘get up ’em’. Players like Shawcross will need no second bidding.
    So unless referees stop cheating, what can Arsenal do? What facilities are their that will help? Maybe we could send our players out with their legs encased in metal?

    On the subject of c=cheating and corruption I was disappointed to see the opening game of the world cup decided by a ref who looked like he was paid / instructed to ensure a Brazil victory. Football is now SO rotten that it is really little more of a sport than the WWF wrestling.

  11. Yassin
    13/06/2014

    “bit about what is going on behind the scenes. Diaby, Eduardo and Ramsey all suffered the most appalling injuries and only Ramsey has come back to put take his career to a higher level.”

    I still didnt give up on Diaby. Hope he can come back and do a Ramsey. If he does come back, people should be praising Arsenal for saving a man career, but surely the media wont, i know untold will for sure.

  12. omgarsenal
    13/06/2014

    Its rare that I totally agree with you Rupert but this time we are 100% in alignment. Croatia was very hard dealt by and the officiating, while not horrible, was totally inadequate. The non-penalty was a classic Brazilian dive, orchestrated by Scolari and company. The ref fell for it hook-line and sinker. It is a perfect example why we absolutely need video review technology in Football.
    I felt Croatia were almost as good as Brazil and were it not for some excellent saves by their keeper (and Croatia’s keeper as well), they could have ended up with a tie or even a loss. THAT would NEVER be permitted by Blatter or the FIFA Football establishment so a weak penalty and all is forgiven! Croatia always looked dangerous on the break but lacked the finishing that Brazil have. I can see a few more soft victories for them so that they reach the finals as Blatter & his cronies desperately want.

  13. Yassin
    13/06/2014

    @Rupert,
    Hope u get pissed next season when we are on the bad side if refs.
    Anyway, I too agree, it was a shame what refereeing has become. Its destroying football

  14. Florian
    14/06/2014

    And the refereeing saga continues with Mexico’s 2 perfect goals disallowed for imaginary offsides. I can almost see them crying for an offside technology that will cost 10 times hat the goal-line technology was, so 10 more Blatter-style bellies get satisfied.

  15. Gord
    16/06/2014

    Not all people heal at the same rate, for the same injury. Someone’s Eureka! moment noticed, that all football players can take longer to heal from injuries just due to general stress in their life. Such as the AAA and the “medja” ragging on players.

    If Arsenal are getting away with as many “kicks” as the opposition, pursuing the PGMOL and 😈 Riley isn’t likely to gather any fans, even if referees are being instructed to not give fouls to Arsenal.

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