Aaron Ramsey missed large chunks of last season through a troublesome thigh injury and similarly has struggled this campaign hamstring problems – yet Arsenal’s medical team are still unable to figure out why the Welshman is susceptible to continual muscle injuries.
I’m no medical expert, but has not just been simply overplayed? Last season the midfielder was in the form of his life and was undroppable. He played a huge number of games and did his thigh.. Badly. Similarly this campaign he started to rediscover his form on two occasions only to pull up after playing a huge amount of minutes week after week.
Wenger vented his frustration over the forever growing injury list and in particular seemed perplexed as to why Ramsey is a repeated casualty despite his high level of fitness and stamina.
The only muscular problems we had this consistently year was Arteta and Ramsey. Ramsey is quite is surprising. He is young, he has good stamina and we haven’t found out why.
With limited options at his disposal, Wenger has always seemed reluctant to rest Ramsey. He may have plenty of stamina but the Wales international was obviously fatigued in recent weeks and could have benefited with a rest in the dead rubber against Galatasaray. Instead Wenger started him and despite two fantastic goals in the first half, he succumbed to yet another muscular injury. Whether that was an oversight from the medical staff or Wenger it remains to be seen.
The Arsenal boss feels all hope is not lost however and this season can still be classed as a success if all of the best players can eventually take the field together for once this season.
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The Gunners lie in sixth place at present with the ‘Fourth Place Trophy’ still in sight, as well as a quietly confident date with Hull City in the FA Cup and a favourable draw in the Last 16 of the Champions League.
2015 can be very exciting if we manage to get our injured players back and have a good run. We have the Champions League and the FA Cup and the Premier League, where we want to come back to a much stronger position and I think we will.
I believe when the [injured players] come back, we will have a much stronger squad than we had in the last few months.
We have had more injuries than planned this season, but most of them are joint problems and accidental problems. They are post-World Cup traumatic injuries.
Another pathetic excuse. The World Cup certainly would have taken a toll on some players especially Laurent Koscielny and Mesut Ozil but the Frenchman should’ve taken this into account before playing the latter into the ground and provided backup for Koscielny.
Anyway, enough on the injuries. This elusive ‘run’ Wenger speaks of has yet to present itself despite promising signs against Newcastle and Galatasaray. With QPR this Friday they have a good chance of putting together something resembling a ‘run’ with some favourable fixtures on the horizon.
But at this stage of the season how could we judge it as a success? A nice run in the Champions League, fourth place and perhaps another FA Cup final? I’d take that.