Hot off criticising Arsenal on Tuesday night for Alexis Sanchez’s knee injury – completely ignoring the fact it was caused by a tackle from Leicester City’s Matthew Upson – ex-Wales fitness coach Raymond Verheijen has claimed Aaron Ramsey should leave the club if he continues to pick-up injuries.
Ramsey came off injured after just nine minutes against the Foxes during our 2-1 win on Tuesday night, his third hamstring problem of the season, and he looks set to be out for a month – reports the Guardian – missing the crucial Champions League clash with AS Monaco.
“There are two solutions. Either Arsenal sort themselves out or Aaron has to go to a club… where training is more balanced,” said Verheijen, reports BBC Sport.
“It’s one or the other. The medical staff can only cure the problem but football coaches cause the problem because they are responsible for football training sessions.”
Verheijen was in charge of the Welsh national side during Gary Speed’s tenure as boss, when Ramsey was also captain of the side, and has been particularly outspoken in the past on the training methods of Premier League bosses.
Last year he called Arsenal ‘amateurs’ and said the likes of Theo Walcott, Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain would all suffer in the long term due to the club’s training methods.
Given Verheijen has pedigree in fitness coaching with a number of clubs and national sides you’d normally be willing to give him the time of day.
However, he has no idea the kind of training methods employed at Arsenal. He only seems comes out of the woodwork whenever injuries occur so he can espouse his views, neglecting the idea that injuries for high-level athletes will actually occur in a full season.
Granted, Ramsey’s continued recurrence of problems is a worry but which would you rather have in your team: Shad Forsythe, the cutting edge fitness coach who helped Germany win the World Cup in 2014 or Verheijen, a supposed expert unemployed since 2012 who snipes from the sidelines.