Joey Barton lays blame at Arsene Wenger for Arsenal’s repetitive injury woes

Arsenal have had a number of players injured this season.

Burnley player Joey Barton feels Arsene Wenger is to blame for Arsenal’s repetitive injury problems.

Co-commentating on BBC Radio Five Live, the outspoken midfielder believes Wenger has been a great manager but a terrible judge of chronic load, blaming the Frenchman for Arsenal’s continuous injury problems and as a result lack of major trophies.

"Arsene Wenger has been a great manager over the years but he is a terrible manager of chronic load. His players suffer muscle injuries more than any other team and that is what costs them in the Premier League and Champions League,” Barton explained.

Arsenal crashed out of the Champions League last 16 knockout stage for the sixth season running, losing out to reigning champions Barcelona 3-1 on the night at the Nou Camp and 5-1 on aggregate.

With the Gunners currently 11 points behind Premier League leaders Leicester City and out of the FA Cup, losing 2-1 to Watford at the weekend, it’s seemingly another season of regret at the Emirates.

And injuries have no doubt played a part in it, with Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere , Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Santi Cazorla all ruled out and likely to miss most of the remainder of the season.

It seems to happen every year at the Emirates, and frustratingly at a time when the club are in a position to challenge on more than one front for a major trophy.

A number of supporters have already made up their minds in regards to Wenger’s future at the club, though for the time being it appears the former Monaco boss still has the backing of the club’s board.

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