Southampton v Arsenal. Shock horror entire league in massive injury crisis

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


1 9

Manchester City


Manchester United

3 8

West Ham United

4 7



Tottenham Hotspur

6 6





Huddersfield Town

9 5



Newcastle United

11 4





Leicester City




Cardiff City



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.

Date Match Result Score Competition
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).

Up next, the home and away analysis.

Predictions of this weekend’s matches from our new Predictions website

Fulham v West Ham United: the match predictions

Huddersfield v Newcastle: predicting the outcome

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Bournemouth: the predictions

Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley: result predictions


2 Replies to “Southampton v Arsenal. Shock horror entire league in massive injury crisis”

  1. After watching Tottenham Hotspur beat 8urnley 1 nil in added time at Wembley this afternoon in the PL live on the TV, I have to say it has become compulsory for Arsenal to also beat Southampton tomorrow in the PL. So as to not only keep their current winning run of 22 matches in all competitions on running to 23 matches, but to also not lose further ground in the table to the duo club sides of Spurs and Chelsea in the face of their challenging Arsenal seriously this season to a Champions League spot. Therefore, Arsenal must find the inspiration within themselves and get inspired by it in the game with defining superiority over the Saints in the game and beat them in the match unfailingly, irrespective of whatever be the inspiration Hasenhutti, the new Saints manager will bring to St. Mary’s to inspire the Saints to get a result in the match so as to start a reviving job to turnaround the downturn fortunes of the Saints in the PL from collapsing.

    The Arsenal 3-5-2 playing formation starts and the 7 man Gunners bench that I am thinking Emery will use in the match to get a good away win for Arsenal are below.

    Lichtsteiner Jenkinson Monreal;
    Bellerin Xhaka Ozil Iwobi Kola’nac;
    Lacazette Aubameyang.
    Cech Guendouzi AMN Torreira Ramsey Mkhitaryan Nkethia.

    Note: I’ve decided to bench Torreira who is on 4 yellow cards from getting a 5th one that will see him suspended for our very important home match against Spurs on Wednesday night in the Carabao Cup Q/F match. A match that Arsenal cannot afford not to win.

    If I were Arsenal, I will go for a top quality striker signing in January first over a defender or a midfielder signings. Because right now, Arsenal don’t have a senior 3rd striker option to Lacazette and Aubameyang in the first team squad. But I am not saying they should not sign a defender or a midfielder in Jan. They could if they want to do it. But first thing first, let them sign a senior team top quality striker should in case something bad, God forbids happened to one of Lacazette and Aubameyang as the season campaign pans on.

  2. The suspensions on 5 cards are just as critical as some minor injuries. The worst part is that many of the yellow cards given to Arsenal players are ‘soft’ rather than deserved.

    In yesterdays Spurs match there were some tackles particularly by Kane that deserved more than yellow, however I cannot remember even one card shown to a Spurs player.

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