Former Chelsea player Pat Nevin says playing surfaces nowadays are too hard and attributes this as a key factor behind Arsenal’s current injury problems, he told BBC Radio Five Live.
The Gunners are currently in the midst of an astonishing injury crisis, with as many as 10 first-team members currently out of action.
Alexis Sanchez and Santi Cazorla are the latest to succumb to injury, the latter being ruled out for up to three months with knee ligament damage – an injury which is becoming increasingly common.
There are a number of theories behind Arsenal’s fitness woes, with manager Arsene Wenger and his training methods beginning to be questioned by a number of Premier League observers.
But Nevin doesn’t blame Wenger, instead the former player feels modern pitches are the problem.
“The pitches are the problem. They are far too hard – they are like concrete. When I play on them now, as an ex-pro in charities matches, I think they are horrible,” the former Chelsea player said.
“It is like playing on a green concrete playground. No wonder everyone is getting injured. You can’t twist and turn because your feet just give way.”
Arsenal’s injury problems have already affected their results in the Premier League, as two draws and a defeat to West Bromwich Albion carried them into a weekend win over Sunderland.
The loss of Coquelin and Cazorla is obviously a huge blow, yet without star player Alexis Sanchez, a massive goal threat and creative spark needs to now come from other areas.
Players such as Joel Campbell, Alex Olade-Chamberlain and Aaron Ramsey need to step it up, while all eyes will now be on Mesut Ozil to become Arsenal’s outstanding attacking talent.