Good morning Grovers!
Today’s topic of discussion is something that has been bothering me and a number of the Grovers for a while.
We have a widget in the side bar called Le List, it started out as a joke to highlight how injury prone Gallas was… I gave him the Presidency in fact… but then I had to give it to RvP, then Rosicky, then Diaby… then Theo started trying to get on there, Denilson had a crack… oh, and don’t get me started on Djourrou… I thought he’d passed away at one point in the season!
Without doubt, we are one of the most injury prone teams in the league. Which is surprising as we are one of the youngest teams in the league?
Legend has it that this is the view when you peek into the Arsenal medical room…
So are the injuries down to Wenger blooding the kids too young? Did Mr Lewin make the physio room a little too much fun? Or is it just plain bad luck?
I don’t really have the answer, but one thing is for sure… we know who the culprits are.
So next season, if we don’t do as well as we’d hoped, I would like to think injuries will not be on the blame list. After all, it seems shocking that ManU can keep Giggs (Age: 34, 41 app) and Scholes (Age: 33, 34 app) fit most of the season and our bunch of kids can’t keep out of the medical room?
Maybe last season can be put down to bad luck, but if the same problem occurs next year with the same problem players… we have no excuses.
Arsene has a history of ruthlessness. Pires, Petit, Edu, Paddy and Freddie got pushed out due to injury or the increased possibility of injury… Would Wenger be ruthless enough to push some of the kids out in the same fashion? Perhaps like Jose did with Robben (Age: 24, 28 app)…?
My biggest worry is Diaby (Age: 22, 28 app). He is due to takeover in the middle (rumoured) and he has to stay fit for 40 games, does anyone believe that is possible? How about Rosicky (Age: 27, 24 app)? He is now not going to make the start of the season, do we cut our losses now? What about if RvP (Age: 24, 20 app) comes back from the Euro’s injured…? When do Arsenal say enough is enough?
It is rare that I post without a definitive solution but all I know is that I don’t want to hear the same tired excuses next year. We have the best starting 11 in the Premiership, but that is no good when you only play that team 3 times a year.
If you don’t agree with what I have said above, I’ll leave you with the appearance list from the invincibles season.
- Thierry Henry 51
- Robert Pires 50
- Sol Campbell 50
- Freddie 40
- Kolo Toure 55
- Ashley Col 47
- PV04 46
- Gilberto 45
Maybe if we can replicate those sort of fitness levels this season… we could be on for a very special year!
Let me know what you think in the comments section!
*All stats are based on last years figures