Judging by Wenger’s press conference today, it seems Arsenal may be without five key players for the Tottenham clash. Wenger had earlier today confirmed that Cazorla is likely to miss Arsenal’s clash against Tottenham in the first North London Derby on Sunday. The Spaniard has been struggling with an achilles injury since the 0-0 draw against Middlesbrough two weeks ago. He was initially expected to be fit for Ludogorets but missed the clash and now could miss the Tottenham clash as well.
Although Wenger confirmed the Spaniard will still have to undergo another fitness test tomorrow before he makes a decision on if he will field Cazorla or not. However, aside Carzola and the trio of Monreal, Walcott and Bellerin who could also be absent against Tottenham, Wenger has confirmed that Kieran Gibbs could also miss the Tottenham clash due to a shoulder injury.
“We have still some uncertainties at the moment because Kieran Gibbs has been touched on his shoulder and I don’t know how will respond to that. I will see today [Thursday]. After, the players who did not travel like Cazorla, Monreal, Walcott – there is still some uncertainty today. The closest to coming back looks to be Walcott. We will have a test with him.” Wenger confirmed to Arsenal.com.
It is only three days into November and we are already having so many injury problems. Seems we can never have a full season with little injury. I was beginning to think this is the season we will not be top four on the injury table but from all indication, it appears we will top the injury table again this season.
If Gibbs misses Sunday’s match and Monreal is fit, we will have little to no problem but judging by Wenger’s press conference today, there is a real chance that both players could miss the derby. The question then is, if both miss the derby who will be our left back? Coquelin? Jenkinson? Koscielny? I don’t fancy being Wenger right now, bar the salary off course.
Arsenal’s injury woes every season is now chronic and it is no longer about depth or lack of rotation. To be fair on Wenger, he has rotated the team well so far this season. The only players that we can say have been over played is Bellerin and Ozil. There must be something the club is doing wrong if we have so many injury problems every season. We are after all not the only club in England. Doubt if there is any English club that has suffered so much in the last 10 years as much as Arsenal has.