Arsenal legend Thierry Henry can’t explain why we get so many injuries, and believes that they have prevented us from winning the title in the last five years.
In our last game against Hull, Jack Wilshere returned, and in the 20 minutes he featured, he proved why we have missed having him available since November. Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have been out for lengthy periods this term, too. And who knows what would have happened had we had Olivier Giroud available for the entire season?
And according to The Sun, Henry thinks this is the main reason that our excellent form has failed to translate into anything more than the FA Cup in the past few years.
“I honestly don’t know why they get so many. Arsenal would have won the title within the last four or five years but for all these injuries,” he said.
“It is not a coincidence that every time they get the players back, they go on a fine run,” he added.
The former striker believes that strengthening our squad in the transfer market – especially in the striking department – is one way to combat any potential problems.
“When Arsene Wenger signed me for Arsenal, the competition for places up front was intense,” he explained.
“I was fighting for a spot with Dennis Bergkamp, Nwankwo Kanu and Davor Suker and there was incredible strength in depth throughout the whole squad.
“That is why Arsenal need to sign at least one more centre forward with different characteristics,” Henry said.
Our style of play could have something to do with the number of injuries sustained. We have created a game that is envied by most. The passing is slick, intricate, and designed to frustrate the opposition into leaving openings for us to exploit. That frustration can sometimes lead to overzealous challenges.
Unfortunately, if we continue to play a beautiful game, then we need to expect brutal tackles that are made well in the knowledge that the ball is not what they are aiming for. But, rather than abandon the principles we pride ourselves upon, if we can add depth, then we can mount a serious challenge on the title.