Arsenal fan Steven Altman is not getting carried away with their success.
Let's not get too excited, I think that the chickens may soon come home to roost for Arsenal.
True they have won a record 10 matches away from home, and Wenger pulled off arguably one of his best ever signings this past transfer window with the signing of Mensut Ozil.
But one player does not transform a team, and whilst on paper Arsenal is displaying quite an impressive array of talent, they are paper-thin on the ground as the injuries to major players mount up.
Podolski, Rosicky, Cazorla, Arteta, Oxlade- Chamberlain; Diaby. Most have injuries to the leg or foot, whilst Sanogo has a back injury, and Arteta still nursing an injury to the hip/thigh.
Lukas Podolski’s injury is unquestionably in my view the worst, because it is estimated to last for about three months. The problem with this is that even if he does return in that time frame, he will not be fully fit and will need to be carefully handled to prevent the injury from flaring up again. This then puts his return at about January at the earliest, and if this is accurate, he will miss the following fixtures:
- September - Stoke and Swansea
- October - West Brom, Norwich and Crystal Palace
- November - Liverpool, Man United, Southampton and Cardiff
- December Hull, Everton, Man City, Chelsea, West Ham and Newcastle
Cazorla might return on the 19th October, Oxlade-Chamberlain on the 6th October, and Arteta the end of this month but it still leaves the team very exposed, revealing the lack of depth in the team and Wenger’s limited choices for the bench. On Wednesday evening against Marseilles the bench was threadbare thin.
This is not taking anything away from the win - Walcott and Ramsey were great, with Ramsey having the season of his life at present. Hopefully there will be no further injuries though, because that will cause a real headache for the manager. With some gruelling matches coming up in both the Premier League and Champions League, hopefully the team will hold together and continue its present excellent run.
But there looking ahead, I have my doubts.
Do you feel the same way, or do you think Arsenal can keep the run going despite the lack of back-up?
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