If injuries have played a part in Arsenal’s lack of success, then the club has played its part in those injuries too.
That is according to Stewart Robson who has revealed that in a discussion with one of the members of the club’s medical staff, he discovered that Arsene Wenger’s rigorous methods in training have strained his players.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain,Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Lukas Podolski, and Yaya Sanogo have all been victims of a long-term injury at some point this season while Abou Diaby is yet to play his first match of the campaign with just three games left on the schedule.
Indeed, Arsenal’s injury woes of this season have been part and parcel of nearly every year in recent memory, with key players stricken down during decisive periods in the campaign.
When quizzed over the frustrating trend of injuries at the club, even Arsene Wenger admitted that an ‘investigation’ has to be made over why the fitness of the Arsenal squad has become so fragile.
But according to Robson who was working for the club as a match analyst three years ago, the strict and tiring routines which Wenger’s men go through in training sessions are what should be investigated.
“I met one of the members of Arsenal’s sports science department and he said he told Arsene Wenger on many occasions that ‘you are working the players too hard’ and Wenger took no notice.” Robson told ESPN FC
“In fact, the rest of the coaching staff told him to be careful what he says because Wenger could get him out of the club” he added