Whoever cursed Arsenal certainly did a good job. The injury demon has been working overtime at the Emirates this season, and with less than two months of the season played, we have a staggering ten players sidelined due to injuries. And in even more bad news from the international front, new Arsenal signing Danny Welbeck limped off the field during England’s game against Estonia.
The 23-year-old left the field after appearing to go to ground with an ankle knock towards the end of the Euro 2016 qualifier in Tallinn. According to reports, he limped along the touchline before heading directly to the dressing room with an England physio.
Three Lions manager Roy Hodgson played down the extent of the injury and claimed that Welbeck would be fit to return at the weekend for the next round of club games:
I don’t think he’s injured. He just rolled his ankle slightly. The doctors are not worried about it.
Arsenal fans will however be extremely worried, as our luck with injuries has been horrible. Despite Wenger bringing in a new fitness coach over the summer, it seems to have had no effect on the Arsenal team.
Wenger is already without ten players with Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta, Olivier Giroud, Mathieu Debuchy, Serge Gnabry, Yannick Sanogo, Theo Walcott and Laurent Koscielny sidelined by injury – while Calum Chambers is suspended for the next game. The Gunners face Hull City at the Emirates on Saturday.
Wenger has however revealed a glimmer of positive injury news. The Frenchman has confirmed that Olivier Giroud’s operation went “perfectly” and the striker is “ahead of schedule.”
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Giroud, 28, damaged his foot during Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Everton back in August. The Striker was initially ruled out till January. Wenger believes the striker could return earlier than expected.
I believe he is ahead of schedule in terms of rehabilitation. The operation went perfectly.
That is good news since it will give our squad some much needed depth, but in the short term, if Welbeck is sidelined due to injury, we have some serious problems in the upcoming games.