In light of the injury to defender Per Mertesacker, that is set to rule him out until at least November, manager Arsene Wenger has made it public knowledge that he's searching for an adequate replacement.
Wenger would have hoped to have his whole compliment of central defenders ready and fit for the start of the season opener against a resurgent Liverpool on August 14.
Injuries are far from out of the ordinary for any team, but in Arsenal’s case, they seem to have had more than their fair share. As a result, key players have been lost for huge chunks of the season and Gunners fans will be keen for the trend not to continue.
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Compared to other Premier League teams, Arsenal have consistently been devastated by injuries and have topped the injury charts regularly.
It could be argued that due to the nature of modern football, injuries are inevitable as the top sides play in multiple competitions. In Arsenal’s case, however, there appears to be a particular problem and many are curious as to why this is the case.
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Experienced fitness coach Raymond Verheijen has been outspoken in his analysis and has previously hit out at Arsenal and Wenger for the treatment of their players.
In an interview with TalkSPORT last season, he was particularly scathing, telling them: “If you look at the facts, what you see is that Arsenal are the number one in terms of injuries in the last decade in the Premier League.
“In particular, you have this group of young players who are consistently injured for months season after season.”
Verheijen is not the only one to have voiced these concerns and there will be some Gunners fans that will agree with him.
The injuries to some of their best players during key parts of the season is of great frustration to the faithful at Arsenal and this has been one of the factors behind their lack of major trophies over the last decade.
Arsene Wenger will argue that his squads have simply been unlucky with injuries and that there are external factors out of his control behind the injury crisis.
Verheijen though is in disagreement with this argument saying: “The main reason for the fatigue is the fitness football coach because he is responsible for the planning of training. Arsene Wenger is responsible for fatigue and injuries and the medical staff can only cure the problem”
There is already a core of Arsenal fans who are critical of Wenger and if fans see more of their key players sidelined through injury again, the criticism will increase even further.
They are already disappointed with the lack of transfer activity over the summer and another injury hit season will be hard to take.
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