Arsenal’s annual injury crisis can’t simply be explained through ill fortune; there is a problem with training and preparation, as well as the overuse of players throughout the season. Arsenal will continue to miss out on the big prizes unless they can keep their key players fit. It will involve a combination of strengthening the squad and altering the training regime. Some injuries such as Walcott’s can be seen as bad luck, but many players suffer muscle injuries that result from a lack of rest throughout the year. Yes, injuries become an excuse, but it is a problem that the club place on themselves. It’s not to say all injuries are avoidable, but the large volume of players who miss extended periods of the campaign can be cut down.


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