By Walter Broeckx
Wenger is a useless prick who overplays Alexis and this is the ultimate proof that he is no good, is past it, and should be sacked. This is a bit of a simplification of what the aaa is saying at the moment.
Alexis is out and its all Wenger’s fault. Period. FACT!
That is the story that goes round. But let us take a look if this really is how it is. I already did this in the past by comparing the matches played by Arsenal players with the matches played of Chelsea players. And the conclusion was: if Wenger overplays his players, then Mourinho does even more to overplay his players.
Now you know my view is that possible injuries are not just about playing much but have a lot to do with the treatment you get on the pitch. A player that is kicked more will have more injuries after a while.
And let me also state once again that muscular injuries can also be the result of being kicked. In Dutch it is called the “horse bite” and it is for example when an opponent hits you with his knee on your upper leg and bruises the muscle. It is immediately painful but you usually can continue to play. But you can have a bruise and if you don’t take care it can turn in to a more serious muscular injury.
As we know Fabregas has got an injury recently. A muscular injury. Sustained from a kick. A kick from his own teammate even. It just shows that not all muscular injuries are down to overplaying, overtraining or whatever you want to call it. And such bruising of muscles can of course also occur in training without us knowing it and then become visible in a match when another small contact is made at the same place.
But back to the “overplaying of Alexis Sanchez” as is being claimed. They say Wenger overplays him. I say the refs in the PL should do more to protect Alexis so he will get lesser kicks.
Now let us compare Alexis with the players he should be compared with. The absolute world class players. And what better way to do this than to compare his stats with Messi, Suarez, Ronaldo, Bale and to throw in another name in the PL with Fabregas.
So we will give you a table in which we compare the appearances of these players with Alexis.
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- Suarez played fewer games because he was suspended till the end of October after his biting incident.
- Ronaldo has been suffering from patellar tendinitis for a while
So if we compare him with these players Alexis has played most matches but has the same number of matches as Ronaldo and Fabregas. And has one more match than Messi and Bale.
Is anyone saying that all these other players are being overplayed? And knowing that Ronaldo has a tendinitis problem and that to cure this patellar tendinitis problem the first cure is: rest!
So in fact it is nothing special to see the best players play so many matches. But what is most different to the treatment of Messi, Ronaldo and others with the treatment of Alexis? It is the treatment by the referees.
Referees in Spain have in the years I’ve followed the Spanish league made it sure that players who came on the field to just try to kick Messi or Ronaldo off the field were sent off before they knew what happened. I have seen a few players being sent off for committing one serious foul on Messi. And after a while they stopped trying to kick him off the field.
But in England we have seen terrible attacks on all body parts from Alexis. And if at all the refs calls the foul we already feel happy. Dishing out yellow cards is rare and red cards… hell even when Adams tried to decapitate his head he was only awarded a yellow card. So Alexis is like a rabbit in a hunt party. You can do as you like and even kill him without any problem at all.
Look at this clip against Brighton and how he gets kicked after some 24-30 seconds. That is kick to injure from several players. And we all can remember other assaults on his legs and body in other matches.
My conclusion is that Alexis just plays the same number of top matches like other top players do. As that is what makes them top players. The main problem is not the number of matches but the numbers of assaults and kicks he gets and the lack of protection he gets from referees in the PL. And I don’t hear anyone saying that the managers of Barcelona and Real Madrid are running their top stars in the ground.
In Spain the league and the referees know that to keep the league to a high standard you need top players. And you need those top players on the field. You don’t need them in the stands on crutches. Nobody will turn on his TV to see Messi or Ronaldo sitting in the stadium unable to play. No people turn on their TV to see them do their tricks on the field. And so the league and referees make sure that such players get the protection that is needed and that is their god damn duty to give to these players so they can play as many matches as possible.
In the PL the referees let the kicking and assaulting go unpunished. In the PL the pundits scream to the opponents of Arsenal to kick us to pieces and to kick Alexis off the field because he has too much skill. This is completely disgraceful. Do we really have to see another leg hanging in a terrible unnatural angle before the screaming to kick us stops? Haven’t we seen enough of those images of Arsenal players lying on the floor like that?
We enter the period of the year where it usually ends with Arsenal players in that position. Eduardo, Ramsey, Debuchy, Sagna, … you know the list and it is far too long to be good.
Mr. Riley start doing what you should do and tell your refs to protect the skillful players. Pundits why don’t you use that one brain cell you have and think before you urge players to injure other players. If not I will hold you responsible when the next victim is on the floor. I hope and pray I will be wrong on this but I fear that it is about to happen soon.