Verheijen slams ‘amateurish’ Arsenal following Ramsey injury

Former coach Raymond Verheijen has commented on Arsenal’s injury woes following Aaron Ramsey’s latest setback.

Outspoken fitness guru and former Wales coach Raymond Verheijen has branded the Gunners as ‘amateurs’ following yet another injury to one of the club’s star players.

The North Londoners have experienced a number of casualties this season and have struggled to put out a competent back four as a result of an apparent injury crisis.

The latest man set for a spell on the sidelines is Aaron Ramsey, after the Welsh international picked up a hamstring injury during the 4-1 win over Galatasary in the Champions League.

Coincidence or not, injuries have been a problem for Arsene Wenger’s men for a number of years now, and Ramsey’s latest set-back has prompted former Wales boss Verheijen to hit out at the club.

"Sad to read the news about yet another muscle injury for Aaron Ramsey. His injury record at Arsenal is simply shocking for such young player,” he was quoted as saying by The Telegraph.

"Robin Van Persie is only 31 but more and more starts to look like an old man on pitch because of all damage done to his body during his Arsenal period.

"The same career-threatening process takes place at Arsenal with Ramsey, (Theo) Walcott, (Jack) Wilshire and (Alex) Oxlade-Chamberlain who are structurally injured.

"Players who are injured season after season develop all kind of weak links inside the body so a vicious injury cycle develops during career.

"Thankfully, (Cesc) Fabregas was able to escape Arsenal after a few years so the amateurs in London did not get the chance to also destroy his body."

Ramsey’s suspected layoff will see him miss at least five matches over the festive period, including the trips to fellow top-four hopefuls Liverpool and Southampton.

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