We have struggled with injuries for years, and it is often put down to bad luck. With Arsenal being there or thereabouts at the top of the injury table at the end of each season however, you have to wonder if there is something more going on.
This past season we suffered a monster 42 serious injuries, with our players spending a total of 1645 days on the sidelines. We were close to the top of the table yet again, but just how close were we?
The list below (courtesy of The Telegraph) shows the teams with the highest number of serious injuries in 2014/15:
20) Burnley – 20 injuries
Sean Dyche’s side had an extremely small squad to begin with, so too many injuries would have most certainly been fatal. In the end they couldn’t avoid relegation regardless, and have been dumped straight back down into the Championship.
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19) West Brom – 26 injuries
The Baggies’ main casualty was there manager, and the appointment of Tony Pulis along with their minimal injuries meant they were able to avoid the drop.
18) Leicester City – 27 injuries
Another team with a relatively small squad, Leicester were lucky to avoid too many injuries. Their fantastic late surge kept them in the league, and they’ll be looking to do the same again next season.
17) Sunderland – 27 injuries
The Black Cats only narrowly avoided relegation, and things could have been far worse if they hadn’t have avoided injuries.
16) Tottenham Hotspur – 28 injuries
Tottenham are usually right up there at the top of this list, but things have clearly changed this season. Was it just luck? Or something to do with Mauricio Pochettino’s appointment?
Not only did they have very few injuries, the ones they suffered didn’t last long either. Their players missed a total of 541 days through injury, which was better than any other club in the league.