'Injury crisis' is a phrase synonymous with Arsenal Football Club.
The Gunners have a woeful record when it comes to the treatment table and that very same curse has struck once again ahead of the new Premier League season.
Per Mertesacker was recently ruled out for five months with a knee injury, Jack Wilshere's recovery has once again been stunted by a minor knock and, against Manchester City on Sunday, Gabriel Paulista was stretchered off the pitch with what's suspected to be ligament damage.
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Danny Welbeck (knee) and Carl Jenkinson (ACL) are Arsenal's two other noteable absentees, whilst Mesut Ozil, Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud will also miss the opening day fixture because of their Euro 2016 commitments.
But it could be worse. According to Physio Room, the Gunners (strictly speaking) haven't got the most worrying injury record heading into the new term.
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No, that title belongs to Liverpool, who have no less than seven players unavailable for next weekend's clash at the Emirates Stadium.
The Reds are currently without Marko Grujic (ankle/foot), James Milner (ankle/foot), Daniel Sturridge (hip/thigh), Loris Karius (hand), Lucas Leiva (hamstring), Joe Gomez (calf/shin) and Mamadou Sakho (calf/shin).
Now that's what you call an injury crisis.
Whereas Arsenal (5) still have time and room to make further signings before next weekend, Liverpool have already made a number of summer additions and will likely have to sit tight and wait for their crockered players to return.
What will concern Arsene Wenger most, though, is how little injuries his Premier League rivals are currently nursing.
Chelsea (3), Manchester City (2), Tottenham (2), Manchester United (1) and Leicester City (0) all have more players to chose from, with Claudio Ranieri's side at full strength.
Surrounding Arsenal near the top of the injury table is Crystal Palace (5), Stoke City (5), West Ham (5) and Everton (4).
Time is now of the essence for the Gunners if they're to build a squad strong enough to launch and maintain a title challenge.
With so many of his players unavailable to face Liverpool and thereafter, Wenger must splash the cash on a new centre-back and striker at the very least.
Valencia's Shkodran Mustafi and Lyon's Alexandre Lacazette have both been heavily linked in recent weeks and perfectly suit Wenger's needs - it's just a case of whether the Frenchman will pay the required transfer fees.
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