Will Injuries Ruin Our Season?
Never have I known a season so plagued by injuries to crucial players at the same time.
At the start of the season, we were without Eduardo, Rosicky, and Diaby. The season started steadily, then just as we were overcoming our low point in the season the injury jinx hit us. We lost Walcott whilst on duty with England, then Fabregas. Diaby was in and out of the team; whilst Nasri was never 100% fit and was playing on despite a series of little niggles.
Then came the good news Eduardo returned, for a game and so it was for the little Croatian, he would play one game and be out for two or three. Then Adebayor pulled a hamstring and instead of the normal two-week absence, he was out for 4-5 weeks.
Then just when everyone was coming back, disaster struck in Spain. In one game, we lost Almunia, Gallas, and Clichy. Just to compound matters Gallas’ replacement was injured in the following league game. Could things get any worse? Well yes they did. Sagna was struck down with a virus just before the Villarreal game and then at the end of that game, Gibbs was injured.
At a vital point in the season, our defence is crumbling. To think that Wenger could be without five members of his defensive line for the FA Cup semi-final is unthinkable. If Sagna and Gibbs do not recover, Silvestre will switch to left back and Song will play in the centre of defence.
Almunia could be back in time for the Champions League semi-final with Manchester United, but Djourou and Clichy will not be available until the second leg.
We have been playing well and getting results, whilst one by one, our injured attacking players have returned to action. Arsene will not moan about the injuries we have sustained this season because he accepts this as part of football
I hope our season does not end prematurely due to injuries to key players in defence. The players that have come have done well, but you always want to go into the crucial games with your first choice players. It will be an injustice to see possible silverware taken away from us because of injuries.