By Bulldog Drummond
Yes we all know that Arsenal is in a total injury crisis of mega proportions – a crisis so enormous that Arsenal need to go out in January and buy buy buy just to survive. In fact buy players no matter what their home grown status and throw them in the team because we are down to the bare bones.
And now we find almost the entire league is in the same crisis. Because Arsenal have four players injured and 16 of the 20 PL clubs have the same number or more!!!! That;s 80% in new money!!!!!
Here’s the chart, as always from Physioroom…
|Pos||Number of injuries||
West Ham United
This really is a shocking state of affairs. Here are our men down.
|Player||What’s wrong||When back||News?|
|S Mustafi||Hamstring||December 22||Back next week|
|R Holding||Knee Injury||No Return Date||Had surgery|
|D Welbeck||Ankle Injury||No Return Date||Had surgery|
|K Mavropanos||Groin Strain||December 22||“Expected to return to full training in December.”|
So there we have it. Shock horror.
Of course we do have two players banned from playing in the game on Sunday, but those are suspensions, not injuries. Yes they make selection more difficult but as we showed recently Arsenal have a rare collection of talent in defence rather than the “down to one central defender” that was suggested in some of the press.
Meanwhile our winning run has been going on so long that it is hard to remember just how far we have got, so here is the run down.
|25 Aug||Arsenal v West Ham United||W||3-1||Premier League|
|02 Sep||Cardiff City v Arsenal||W||2-3||Premier League|
|15 Sep||Newcastle United v Arsenal||W||1-2||Premier League|
|20 Sep||Arsenal v Vorskla Poltava||W||4-2||Europa League|
|23 Sep||Arsenal v Everton||W||2-0||Premier League|
|26 Sep||Arsenal v Brentford||W||3-1||League Cup|
|29 Sep||Arsenal v Watford||W||2-0||Premier League|
|04 Oct||FK Qarabağ Agdam v Arsenal||W||0-3||Europa League|
|07 Oct||Fulham v Arsenal||W||1-5||Premier League|
|22 Oct||Arsenal v Leicester City||W||3-1||Premier League|
|25 Oct||Sporting Clube v Arsenal||W||0-1||Europa League|
|28 Oct||Crystal Palace v Arsenal||D||2-2||Premier League|
|31 Oct||Arsenal v Blackpool||W||2-1||League Cup|
|03 Nov||Arsenal v Liverpool||D||1-1||Premier League|
|08 Nov||Arsenal v Sporting Clube||D||0-0||Europa League|
|11 Nov||Arsenal v Wolverhampton||D||1-1||Premier League|
|25 Nov||AFC Bournemouth v Arsenal||W||1-2||Premier League|
|29 Nov||Vorskla Poltava v Arsenal||W||0-3||Europa League|
|02 Dec||Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur||W||4-2||Premier League|
|05 Dec||Manchester United v Arsenal||D||2-2||Premier League|
|08 Dec||Arsenal v Huddersfield Town||W||1-0||Premier League|
|13 Dec||Arsenal v FK Qarabağ Agdam||W||1-0||Europa League|
Yes it is 22 games. Five drawn and 17 won. I see one or two commentators are now saying that really it is not a proper unbeaten run because it contains Europa games which are too easy to win, although I seem to recall we did not win all of them last year. And one might say that some of the games against the top clubs are hard to win.
And of course the list includes some games against the traditional top six, which puts us around the middle of a top six mini-league so we’re not doing too bad. Certainly not top of the league material, but with hope of a top four finish (which is not a trophy).
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