Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal explained in an interview for Arsenal Blog that he can’t pinpoint the precise reason the club has suffered so many injury problems in the recent past.
Monreal was used in the middle of Arsenal’s defence at times by Arsene Wenger last season in an example of an area which was affected as the medical room started to become overcrowded.
However, Monreal can’t work out what the issue is, pointing out that the Gunners made just one key change to their medical staff last season.
“I really don’t know. The doctors are the same. If we compare last season with this season, the club signed one fitness coach [Shad Forsythe] but the rest of the staff is the same,” he said.
“The training is the same, everything is the same. It’s difficult for me [to find a problem]. Also I think, when in one season there are 50 to 60 injuries it’s because we’re doing something wrong. It’s not normal.”
His comments raise a number of questions.
What do Arsenal need to do differently?
Wenger has to look at his approach to training sessions and judge whether the club could be doing more in key areas.
It’s arguable that the club maybe spend too much time on ball work as opposed to gym work and bulking up players so they are less prone to injury.
How can Wenger compensate for injuries?
A team as big and as good as Arsenal shouldn’t need to be using a left-back as a centre half, regardless of how impressive Monreal’s versatility is.
Wenger can improve the situation by working hard in the transfer market to improve the options at his disposal in all positions.
Have Arsenal just been unlucky?
On occasions last season, Arsenal’s players were just a bit unlucky.
For example, Jack Wilshere suffered a bad ankle knock against Manchester United in the Premier League which was simply a bad challenge on him rather than any defect because of Arsenal’s training methods.