Arsenal will be without even more first-team regulars for Wednesday night’s match against Olympiakos, including Theo Walcott, Gervinho and Laurent Koscielny who all picked up minor knocks after Saturday’s 3-0 league win over Bolton.
Wenger has maintained there was no underlying problem though as the Gunners treatment room becomes more full by the matchday, and believes other youngsters such as Emmanuel Frimpong, can now step up to the challenge.
‘I don’t think that the medical staff made any mistake on this case,’ said Wenger.
‘It is unfortunate, we are all very sad at the club that it has happened to such a young boy.
‘We were even more worried, but it was a big relief yesterday for everybody at the club that the operation went well.
‘The fracture he had didn’t heal, what I have been told is that we had to go in quite quickly to repair it and that’s why we decided to do it so quickly.’‘He had an earlier fracture at the age of 16 that healed and around that he created another opening,’ Wenger added.‘Is it down to a kick, is it down to playing too much? I don’t know, I am not a specialist, but that is unfortunately what happened. He told me he felt it the first time [when playing for England] against Switzerland.’
‘It makes us a bit shorter in midfield and it puts a bit more pressure on our midfielders to perform game-in, game-out, because we will have less rotation possibilities, but every club can be tested on that front so it shouldn’t impact our end result of the season and shouldn’t be any excuse at all,’ he said.
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‘If [Abou] Diaby comes back well and quickly we should, number wise, quality wise, be all right.
‘That depends as well on the injuries we have in the next two or three months.‘Touch wood we can absorb the number of games we face well and we have some younger players pushing like [Francis] Coquelin like Frimpong, who are playing very well, so hopefully we can cope with it.’
It has become a increasingly frustrating issue for Arsenal over the years, loosing key players just as Fabregas, Vermaelen and Robin Van Persie at key parts of the season and for long periods at a time. But it seems that most star players go through these sorts of long term injuries (the Rooney’s and Torres’s alike), and yes we are more unlucky than most of the clubs, but big clubs have dealt with similar with crises before, so it is how our squad players and younger players perform that will help maintain our form and consistency.
Our quick passing game doesn’t help too with players often getting caught late in tackles because Arsenal are just too damn technically awesome! 😛