Has Rio Ferdinand discovered the root of Arsenal injury issues?

The defender believes that the club's hard training pitches could be the cause of their ongoing injury curse.

Speaking on BT Sport, Rio Ferdinand says that Arsenal’s injury problems could be down to the club’s hard training pitches.

The side have been struck by a number of big injuries to key players in recent weeks, with a number of stars now absent with various ailments.

The problems started with Aaron Ramsey having to exit the 2-0 win over Bayern Munich on 17 October with a hamstring injury, before Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain joined him in the treatment room.

They then lost Hector Bellerin before the crucial game against Bayern at the Allianz on Wednesday evening, with defender Laurent Koscielny also missing the game through injury.

And Ferdinand believes that the club’s hard training pitches could be contributing to their current bad injury record.

“One thing that I did find at the training ground there is that the pitches are really hard,” he told BT Sport.

“I don’t know whether that’s got anything to do with it, but it was a big difference that I noticed straight away once I went training there from where I usually trained at Manchester United.”

Whatever the cause of Arsenal’s injury problems is, it is evident that they may not have the squad to deal with them.

That was clear in the 5-1 defeat to Bayern Munich, with the side struggling in the absence of their key players, with the likes of Laurent Koscielny and Hector Bellerin both being sorely missed.

Their replacements failed to make an impact in the game, suggesting that the squad may need improving if they are to compete for honours in future.

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