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As Arsenal fans, when injuries cropped up, we tend to think that we have more injuries than other clubs. However that is not the reality with the exception of this season. In terms of the normal injuries like muscle pain or knocks, we are basically the same with the rest of the of the European playing teams. Whereas in terms of fractures and breaks, we are head and tail above all others. It is not normal for that to happen and there has been a lot of questions raised regarding this and how our training methods correlate to this. The people at Arsenal seem to want to correct this notion and Colin Lewin has given an in-depth interview on this matter.
Statistically we run the furthest in the Premier League. We also have the highest number of sprints compared to the other Premier League teams.
Now, that is a damning statement. If that in any way contributed to our plight in terms of injuries, then the coaches and the trainers will need to take a long hard look at their training programmes. Knowing our style of play, they should have come out with a better training structure that will ensure that we do not suffer in health after every game. The way we move the ball and the speed that we play our game is essentially the way Wenger has constructed his team to win every single game that they play. We cannot allow that style of play to hinder our season by having new players going to the treatment room every week.
I guess it is a two way thing. Either the training programmes are restructured to suit the players and the style of play or Wenger changes the style of play. Stubborn as he is with his principles, the second choice is almost impossible. Then, do we limit the number of games that specific players can play, just to ensure that the player will not suffer burnouts or worse risk of injuries? To leave out someone like Fabregas or Van Persie when they are fit would be very hard. More things for the physios and trainers to ponder over the upcoming summer.
Robin will be joining the squad for full training imminently. That is a big boost for the club and to see Johan and Kieran training with the team in the next fortnight will give everyone a big lift.
Obviously the best news of the week. We’ve missed him. His presence and awareness, not to mention his immaculate control could have served us well in those difficult games that we’ve played in his absence. Not to say that Bendtner has not done well in his place but you get what I mean. However, with 5 games left to play, I do not want to rush him back and risk another problem. However, wouldn’t it be lovely if he could get on at White Hart Lane and score the winner…..