If there is a perpetual feeling of deja vu at Arsenal, it is in regards to injuries. Arsenal have had their fair share of injury troubles this season. Apart from Diaby whose romance with injury has refused to end, normally fit players have had to battle injuries; Podolski, Ramsey, Wilshere, Ozil, Chamberlain and Walcott who is out for the season.
Ramsey got injured in December and had twice been close to a return but suffered a setback and had his return date shifted. The most recent been ahead of the game against Spurs. Ramsey was meant to play some part in the North London derby but suffered a setback and still remains out even for the trip to London neighbours Chelsea.
To further add to the injury woes reports from Japan are claiming youngster Ryo Miyaichi is set to miss the rest of the season after the got an ankle injury in the under 21’s match against Reading last Saturday.
What could be the cause of the incessant injuries? Firstly, I would say overwork and stress. Before getting injured Ramsey had played all of Arsenal EPL and Champions League matches that he was fit for. Someone can’t play such huge amount of games and not break down at some point. To prevent over-work, Arsenal need enough capable back-up options. This will ensure rotation and keep everybody fresh ahead of the important run-in till the end of the season.
Another reason is Arsenal’s training regime. I don’t know what Wenger’s training method is like but that could also be a reason. After the setbacks, Wenger said he was considering an inquest into the injuries. Whichever, Arsene Wenger needs to look at the injuries and make sure it is addressed in the summer. The injury tide must be stymied. That’s the only way we can maintain out challenge for top trophies.