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Friday, August 27, 2010

Arsenal injury list lengthy but considered healthy by Wenger!

Arsene Wenger used his pre-match press conference to suggest that he believes Arsenal currently have a good bill of health when it comes to their first team.

However, with the club's current injury list containing Johan Djorou, Nicklas Bendtner, Samir Nasri and Aaron Ramsey, it may finally be the case that Arsene Wenger has shown himself unable to perceive when a club has too many injury-prone players.

With the club having to endure the legacy of last season’s injuries, Wenger has often attempted to ignore the fact that his squad is one of the most injury-prone in history, let alone now.

With the absence of key players for huge chunks of last season - particularly Robin van Persie and Cesc Fabregas, who are both key factors in determining whether the Gunners stand a chance of achieving success - it is almost up for investigation as to what Arsenal do (or don’t do) at their London Colney training ground.

In light of the fact that new signing Sebastien Squillaci spent a large proportion of last season on the sidelines recovering from injury, and the Gunners having little other defensive cover to speak of, it is perhaps telling that Arsenal are viewed as a club with a limited chance of winning the Premier League according to the football odds.

Whilst Wenger used to talk of seasons unbeaten, a season with no injury crisis might well be the thing that Arsenal fans will be calling for as they seek to re-establish themselves as top dogs in both the Premier League and in the capital. Unless this gets sorted, the football betting will not look good for them.

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