West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Pulis has suggested a key difference between Leicester City and Arsenal this season is the mounting injuries suffered to the latter at important stages, Sky Sports report.
13 points separate Leicester and the Gunners with only a handful of games remaining, despite Arsene Wenger’s side entering the New Year topping the table and playing well.
However, no title-chasing side has endured more injuries than Arsenal this season, and West Brom boss Pulis feels it has been a key factor in the North London club falling behind.
“Arsenal can beat any team in Europe on their day. And I think Arsene has been incredibly unlucky with injuries this season. He has missed big players at important times,” Pulis explained to Sky Sports.
“Once all those players are fit, he has got a strong enough squad to win this league. He will be disappointed with the inconsistency but all the other clubs will be saying the same thing, apart from Leicester and Tottenham."
The likes of Santi Cazorla, Francis Coquelin, Danny Welbeck, Alexis Sanchez and Jack Wilshere have all spent large chunks of the campaign on the side-lines and it has no doubt disrupted the rhythm.
While Arsenal boast a big squad full of quality, the injuries to key players have left them with few options in certain positions and that has forced Wenger to stick with players even when they’re out of form.
Many feel the North London club will not get a better chance of winning the title than this season.