3 Arsenal players who can relate to Danny Welbeck's injury crisis

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Danny Welbeck’s injury curse has struck again, with the Arsenal striker not set to play again until 2017.

The England forward, who had to wait until February to play for the Gunners this season, will now miss the European Championships this summer and the first half of next season.

And it makes him the latest in a long line of players to have their time in North London marred by injuries.


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Here are three players that were expected to shine under Arsene Wenger, only for them to spend much of their time on the sidelines.

Abou Diaby

When Wenger splashed the cash to sign Abou Diaby in 2006, the club thought they were signing a suitable replacement for Patrick Viera, who had just joined Juventus. 

However, the Frenchman was continuously plagued by injuries and was limited to just 125 appearances for the club in nine years.

Diaby had the ability to dominate games in the middle of the park due to his height and strength but fell well short if his aim was to emulate the brilliance that Viera had brought to North London.

The 30-year-old is now back in France with Marseille, but it has been the same old story there, with Diaby having featured for them just four times all season. 

Kieran Gibbs

It is unfortunate that Kieran Gibbs, for so long viewed as one of England’s finest left-back prospects, will miss the Euros this summer.

The 26-year-old has struggled in North London this season as Wenger has instead chosen Nacho Monreal on a more regular basis. 

Gibbs has been in and out of the first team because quite simply, the brilliance of Monreal has limited his opportunity to come back after injury. 

Given his age, there is still hope that he can live up to his potential, but Gibbs may need to leave North London for regular football elsewhere if he is to rediscover his best form.

Jack Wilshere

Another one of the current squad to make the list, Jack Wilshere has made just three appearances for the Gunners all season.

And that is reflective of the ongoing battle that has hampered him throughout his career, with Wilshere managing to play for the club just 157 times since making his debut as a teenager in 2009.

He has managed to make 30 appearances or more in just three of his eight seasons, with his highest seasonal tally coming in the 2010/2011 season when he featured in 49 games.

Nonetheless, he has proven his fitness to England boss Roy Hodgson, who has included him in the squad for Euro 2016. 

What's causing Arsenal's injury misery? Have your say in the comments. 

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