Quick one from me this morning because I’m doing man stuff… you know, bonding things.
Anyway, news hit the feeds that Arteta is out for a long period. Bad times when you’ve a player a weak as Flamini stepping into the fray.
I’ve seen a few of the chosen websites and journalists take aim at injuries in a very roundabout way. Here’s the truth about the injuries, it’s Wenger.
You don’t need to dig any deeper. You don’t need to look for how the rain falls at Colney, how the wind blows during away games or look at the type of computer games the players are loading into their Xbox’s. It all stops with Wenger and how he runs the setup.
I’ve been saying the same thing for year. I’ve offered expert opinion sourced from around the globe. You’ve quotes from explayers. From top level physio’s. From current players.
It’s as simple as this… when you have a manager who doesn’t know what he’s doing, it’s difficult to pin injuries on one thing… because there are so many. That it can’t be pinpointed on one thing shows how inept he is.
Training – Too intense. Too often.
Recuperation – It’s pretty clear to see we’re not as sharp as other clubs because even after a week off a midweek Liverpool still embarrassed us. Our players aren’t fresh, the more intense the league gets, the easier it is to spot this.
Rest – We don’t give players enough days off. Jose Mourinho gives his guys breaks whenever he wants. Wenger has them in the training ground, especially over Christmas. Let players have time off. Simple but effective. You don’t lose your fitness in a week.
Rotation – Play the same team week after week and you’ll lose them to injuries. Unless you’re nailing the above like Jose. We have a squad that costs £150m a year to run, why not utilise it and keep all your players fresh physically and mentally?
Player types – If you buy injury prone players like Sanogo and Diaby, they’ll get injuries. Take a look at their previous injury records. It’s not that difficult. Also, look at the type of player they are. Ozil is a weak player, he couldn’t last 60mins in La Liga… why spend so much to bring him here when you know that? Because no thought went into his signing…
Respect the data – Crowing about how good Sanchez is at recovery whilst acknowledging he’s in the redzone is pretty embarrassing. Wenger plays roulette with his players every season and he usually loses. If a player is in the redzone, work out why and remedy it… don’t see how far you can push the players before they break.
Respect you don’t know – This is the key here. Wenger wants to be the expert in everything, that’s fine, but learn what others do whilst letting them do it. What’s the point in having amateur amateurs like Colbert around the team when you know they’re responsible for so many years of player breakage (self interest / protectionism)? He should be moved aside and Shad should be running the show. As it stands, there are two heads of fitness… and guess what… it’s not working out.
So there you go. Don’t let people pour ifs, buts and maybes around where responsibility for this lies. It sits with one man and one man only. He’s had plenty of years of this, he’s still not learning which is why he’s not fit to manage Arsenal.
Having great players is only worth anything if you can keep them on the pitch. We can’t. No one is accountable. So we fail.
Have a great day!