Revealed - Physio gives two reasons for Arsenal injuries under Wenger

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A professional physio has given two insights into why so many injuries have occurred under Arsene Wenger.

A professional physiotherapist, Tom Goom, has revealed two insightful reasons as to why Arsenal may suffer more injuries than other huge clubs in European football.

Arsenal have just been rocked by the news that winger Theo Walcott will miss the rest of the season after rupturing an anterior curciate ligament, which means a spell of around half a year out of action.

The news prompted a report from specialist Arsenal blog Arsenal Report which points out that Walcott joins the likes of Robin van Persie, Eduardo, Abou Diaby, Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey among others to have spent long periods of time out of the side in the recent past.

There are various theories as to why Arsenal are regularly affected by injuries more so than other teams but Goom makes a very good case for two reasons in particular, with the first relating to the type of players Arsenal use.

“The ‘who’ rather than the ‘how many’ also has an impact on the rehab process. If you have no full backs then you have to rush them back before they’re ready and risk injury recurrence – see Sagna at the end of the season, or Cesc pulling his hamstring again coming off the bench to score against Aston Villa,” read his views in the Arsenal Report piece.

Arsenal do have a very specific way of playing and there are obvious sections parts of the first team squad where Arsene Wenger is short of first team players such as in wide areas and up front.

It’s not beyond the realms of possibility that Olivier Giroud would be rushed back to take his place in attack, if he picks up a muscular or other injury problem in the near future.

The second point that Goom raises relates to the way Arsenal train under Arsene Wenger.

Arsenal are a purist football side, which simply means they like to pass the ball around and play football in a specific way, which requires a particular set of training techniques in order to work over a long period.

“I don’t want to criticise the medical staff – but I wonder whether their advice is fully heeded by the players and by Wenger. I have heard from multiple sources in the physio world that Wenger doesn’t like his players using weights and doing strength and conditioning work, preferring them to be training with a ball at all times,” adds Goom.

Another very valid point and understandable when looking at the size and type of players at Arsenal, especially in midfield areas.

One of the reasons Mathieu Flamini coming back to the club has been such a success is because he’s added strength and aggression into Arsenal’s midfield.

He has given them what they lacked last season in the form of a presence in the middle and someone who protects players who are smaller and better in possession than they are in take ons.

It’s important to point out that there are various theories in the report as to why so many Arsenal players get injured but the thoughts from the physio relate to two of the most basic and arguably easiest to change areas.

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