Shad Forsythe may not be a name that would have rung a bell to many fans during the summer transfer activity. But for many Arsenal fans, this could prove to be an important signing, not for the players, but in the backroom staff. It is very well documented that Arsenal seem to suffer badly every season with injuries. Arsenal had finally decided to investigate why the team consistently suffered from such huge numbers of injuries, and action was taken via an inquest into their training regime. Forsythe had a great background, working with the German national team for a decade, it would have been hoped that Arsenal fortunes would start to change this season.
All teams suffer from injuries, and its part and parcel of the game to deal with it as it happens. But for Arsenal, the sheer number and length of these injuries raises an eyebrow when looking at the facts.
Last season alone, Arsenal lost Lukas Podolski for 115 days (Hamstring), Aaron Ramsey for 97 days (Thigh Strain), Thomas Vermealen for 89 days (Back), Theo Walcott for 59 days (Abdominal Tear, this was before he was out for the season with a Knee injury in January). The full list of every injury can be found on http://www.arsenalreport.com/injuryroom/. Injuries caused from bad tackles or awkward falls can be blamed on bad luck. But a lot of the injuries are Muscle related injuries, and some occurred in training. It is rather curious that these type of injuries should occur to a well run club such as Arsenal, who have some of the best training facilities in the country, This was just last season, in previous seasons, Thomas Rosicky, Robin Van Persie and Thomas Vermealen had all missed large parts of the season from niggling injuries, and a long recovery period.
The new season has not been very kind to the Gunners, with barely 2 months of the season under the belt, the defence has already been torn apart. Mathieu Debuchy has been ruled out for 3 months with and ankle injury, Debuchy was bought in the replace Sagna, but with his absence, new signing Calum Chambers will be starting a lot more than Wenger would have hoped. Nancho Monreal on the opposite flank has been side-lined for a few weeks, Kieran Gibbs has only just returned from his own injury, so both full back positions are already stretched. Kosielny has already had a few knocks this season, and the centre back pairing is rather thin right now, Wenger’s decision not to find a replacement for Vermealen may had been a risky one. Although the team was initially well stocked at the back, he should have been aware of the team’s fragile nature. Olivier Giroud, the main striker up top has also been ruled out until new year. Only an Arsenal player could get injured in the dying minutes of a game after getting hit by the ball! Call it unlucky, but it always seems to happen to the North London side.The knock on effect forcing Wenger to spend on Danny Welbeck on Deadline Day. With only one recognised striker (Yaya Sanogo is not yet ready to lead up front) up until New Year, considering the hectic Xmas schedule, it will be a tricky time. Arsenal need to hope Walcott doesn’t take too much time to return back to full fitness!
To top things off. Arsenal’s player of last season, Aaron Ramsey has been ruled out for a month, but knowing Arsenals injury record, he may not be seen until December! Losing a player to a Hamstring injury, so soon into the season will be worrying for the manager. Ramsey is one of the fittest players in the squad, and if he has already succumbed to a muscle injury, that cannot be a good sign, considering Arsenal signed a new member of staff specifically to deal with issues such as this.
Many rival fans may say Arsenal should have bolstered their team in order to cope with any injuries, Manchester United seem to be suffering a lot in their defence. But there sheer number of injuries already to key players for Arsenal could not have been seen. Only time will tell if the signing of the much publicised Shad Forsythe will have any effect on the time. It may take a while for the team to feel the effects of the new training regime. But it has definitely not been the best of starts!