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Injury room's revolving door

Treatment room comings and goings are providing an unwanted additional challenge in the early part of the season. No sooner had Wenger finished telling us that it was a big relief that the injury Kieran Gibbs sustained to his right foot playing for the England U21`s wasn`t to keep him out for long than we were to learn that the left back is to now be out for 3 months due to a broken metatarsal in his left foot.

The injury room can barely have been busier with almost three quarters of the first team squad missing playing time in the first 3 months of the season. Niggling injuries are part and parcel of the game but in many cases these have been protracted injuries with Denilson, Clichy, Nasri, Djourou, van Persie, Bendtner, Walcott and Fabianski all having undergone or currently spending long periods in the treatment room.

We may not suffer more injuries than many other teams but we rarely seem to suffer less. Maybe it just seems that way and other teams are affected as much but they can have a profound effect on the season`s ambitions depending when and where they hit the team. It is unfortunate that Gibbs should collect his injury in added time at the end of last night`s game while Clichy is still 2 to 3 weeks away from a return but there seems to be a possibility that Gael will be back for the away game at Liverpool in the middle of next month. In fact the Chelsea game apart we do have a run of less challenging encounters before then with the Carling Cup and remaining Champions League games a chance for fringe and youth players to share the burden.

The revolving door on the treatment room brought the welcome return of Denilson to the team who capped a good all round performance with a long distance strike similar to his opening goal of the season away to Everton. Bendtner is a couple of weeks away according to the last injury update and Gallas is expected to be available for the weekend game at home to Chelsea. Sadly we shan`t see Robin van Persie much before the end of the year.

Squad depth is important in such times as these but there is little that can be done when, as often seems to be the case, injuries are focussed in the same position. We are left with some thinking to do about the left back role in advance of the Chelsea game and our forward choices aren`t automatic but hopefully the boss will tell the players to go easy on the tackling in pre-match training over the next couple of days. We could do without a break for once.



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Writer: Amos Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday November 25 2009

Time: 9:45AM

Your Comments

Good to see Denilson back. Wenger has to go with the combo of Sagna and Eboue for Chelsea. They will tear Traore apart!
Trennon
Once, just once, can we please go through November without suffering? I hate this month.
Rocky7
2 massive concerns for Sunday, our Left Back spot and Vela playing up top 'spearheading' the front 3 - if the plays like last night then we're in right *****.
shewore
That's nothing, Sours were missing three players the other week, catastrophe! In all seriousness, I wonder how Chelsea will select their side now. All of their width usually comes from the left, with Ballack on the right, so our left back shouldn't be too exposed. But Ancelotti may consider putting Joe Cole out there to try and cause problems- particularly as Arshavin does not track back too well. I think it's finally become a widely reported fact that Arsenal and Everton seem to suffer more injuries than any other Premiership sides. Example, two letters from F365 in the middle of last week. "I see your headline today says Arsenal haev 13 players injured. Is that news? I thought that was just the norm?" And, my personal favourite, "I'm confused, Arsenal have 13 players injured and Rosicky isn't one of them?!"
Little Dutch
29th November - happy birthday to me...
Tom14
It's your birthday Tom? Only reason to hate month of November more.
Rocky7
Agree with the Vela problem. Does anyone feel that a 4-4-2 might suit us better until RVP is back?
Trennon
shaddapa ya face rocky!
Tom14
Well, I've become used to this over the past 2-3 seasons. A few injuries are always around the corner. Just need to deal with it. Now that Denilson is back, our mid field is looking ok for Chelsea. I think we can manage with Silvestre at LB - he will not offer an offensive option but he will defend ok. I guess thats enough for a 3rd choice LB.
prits
Yep! I agree Silvestre should be given a chance to gain confidence, but I suspect it will be Eboue there.
Naijagunner
So, the left flank is to be exploited!
JT_daniel
injuries arent an excuse are they?
Uskok
if gallas does'nt play you've always got senderos!! drogs will be pleased!!!
springy
No problem - Sendy has been getting tips from Jonny Evans and has been told just where to target Drogba to leave him writhing on the ground.
Amos.
So who is going to play LB for you guys?
Saf 91
Don't be so sure that there won't be no threat coming from Chelsea's right. At times this season, the trio of Nico, Ballack and Bosingwa have been devastating. Just ask the spuds. Sure Ivanovic is no Bosingwa, but he's still a very good player. Much will depend on whether Malouda plays (he's been in sparkling for since he got his wisdom tooth removed in February), and where Anelka (who despite not scoring too many, has been our best player this season) decides to do most of his work. Make no mistake, Chelsea can threaten from anywhere, we are one playmaker away from having the strongest squad there is. Deco and Joe Cole can't seem to cut it at the tip of the diamond.
Saf 91
amos so you like kicking players without getting kicked then? wenger wont like that...or will he?
springy
No, bouncy - just enjoy Drogba make a complete prat of himself. It doesn't take much for Drogba to go down if he doesn't want to stay on his feet.
Amos.
 

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