Well, we’re at that stage of the season again when the size of your squad and the intelligence of your forward planning comes to fruition.
Problem is, it seem we’re back where we always are, in an injury nightmare. So, it’s time to ask the question. Is it bad luck or is it bad management?
- RvP: Impact injury whilst away on international duty.
- Rambo: Impact injury against a scum bag thug.
- Cesc: Impact injury against a 70’s porn star.
- Nasri: Break (Last season)
So straight off you could say that is an outrageous amount of bad luck. 3 breaks in a year is definitely not the norm.
However, with the bad luck, I feel there has also been some poor management. I don’t believe in coincidence. If you have one bad year, you could let it go. If you have two, you’re pushing it… but if your staple excuse is injuries, you’ve got to address what’s happening.
- Denilson: Stress fracture to the lower back caused by over training.
- Gallas: Notorious for missing large chunks of the season, rushed back from injury. Collapsed before half time.
- JD: Always injured. We’re aware, yet still count him as one of our 4 centre backs.
- Arshavin: Rumoured to be semi fit going into the Barca game, out of the game within 25 minutes. To be fair, I don’t think he’s got it in him to be anything other than half fit.
- Diaby: Rarely strings more than 4 games together.
- Rosicky: Brittle body syndrome.
- Eduardo: Hasn’t recovered his fitness in a year.
- Theo: Injured more often than not.
So if a fan who has a full time job doing something else can spot the flaws in our system, why can’t Arsenal? Why are we now struggling to field a team capable of competing with Barcelona? Why didn’t we buy a decent back up centre back in the summer when we knew JD was out for a year?
Why doesn’t Arsene just equip the squad with an amount of players that could cover a crisis? It makes no sense. Wenger is intent on making it hard on himself which for me makes him look like a bad planner and opens him up to criticism. If he’d addressed this problem years ago, he’d probably have more trophies under the belt. Generally when we win a title, we’ve had a lucky season with the sick list…
Onto today, Sol Campbell is dropping to the back to partner Vermaelen. We don’t have many other options! Hopefully Wolves wont be too much of an exertion for him and he’ll be able to play against Barca on Tuesday. Rosicky will probably cover Nasri’s wide slot with the Frenchman taking the steering wheel in the middle. I’d hope there is a place for Theo and Eboue this week. They certainly deserve one!
I’m not sure I’m too fussed what happens today as long as 3 points is returned! I think we’ll destroy them and lets be fair, we need to do something with our decidedly weak goal difference. I’m hoping for a walloping! If you’re there today, make sure you sing loud and proud… we’ve got to win the next 6 and the 12th man will help pull us through!
Have a great day Grovers!
See you in the comments!