The Arsenal Injury Crisis

On 23rd September 2014 by Kieran

Arsenal are no strangers to injury troubles. In the last decade players at Arsenal have suffered approximately 750 injuries, with Abou Diaby putting 40 injuries since he joined the club towards the total. With Olivier Giroud out for up to 3 months and Debuchy also out for 3 months, with Walcott still out Arsenal’s injury woes have already begun.

Arsenal fell lucky at the end of the transfer window picking up Welbeck from Manchester United as a quick replacement for Giroud. Although not quite the same can be said for the Arsenal defence…

The Arsenal defence are only one more setback from a crisis. New boy Mathieu Debuchy will be out for 3 months after picking up a painful ankle injury in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw against champions Manchester City. Nacho Monreal is another defender to check himself onto the injury list with a back problem and is projected to be out for at least 4 matches.

Chambers is the main man to fill in at the back, but Chambers, much like Flamini is rather partial to picking up a card or two, with 3 yellows in 5 games also suffering from a slight form of tonsilitis. This will be a suspension Arsenal will not be looking forward to. The Arsenal defence are already under pressure from some questionable defending over the last few matches. Hector Bellerin started for Arsenal in their 2-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday. Although being a highly rated defender, starting for Arsenal in a such an important match at the age of 19 only emphasises the defensive crisis that the Gunners are currently going through.

Having sold Vermaelen to Barcelona over the summer, Arsenal are now without such a high profile defender who could fill the gaps. With such high expectations from the fans the defence need to ensure they’re up to the challenge without getting injured or suspended, this will be a struggle although Wenger does look to change this…

Free Agents are currently the only who players who can be signed. Arsenal have currently been linked with the likes of 34-year-old Joseph Yobo who does have some Premier League experience.

The transfer window is currently closed, but clubs are able to sign free agents, and Arsenal have been linked with Joseph Yobo who has Premier League experience at both Everton and more recently Norwich City. The January transfer window will most likely see new players across the Arsenal defence hoping to build it’s depth. When asked about whether there will be any additions to the Arsenal defence Wenger replied

“You cannot rule anything out because it depends on how long the injuries are and how many you have.At the moment, we are not in that need.” suggesting that the Gunners are not stretched for defenders and are willing to give the youth a go.

Three players I’d like to see sign for Arsenal this January to try and resolve the defensive injury crisis:

Ron Vlaar
The Dutch Centre-back was linked with Arsenal on deadline day but did not sign. It is unlikely he would be a first team regular, although providing relief for either Mertesacker and Koscielny during cup matches or off the back of Champions League matches, with Calum Chambers often covering the right-back position. Vlaar is familiar with the Premier League and may be available on the cheap with his contract at Villa Park running out in 12 months.
Mats Hummels

There is no doubt about the talent of Hummels being considered as one of the best centre-backs in the world at the moment. Borussia Dortmund would not let him go over the summer transfer window, although they may have a had a change in heart between then and the January window. Arsenal showed great interest in the centre-back to the delight of me and Arsenal fans alike, hopefully they will show interest yet again in January.

Matija Nastasic
The Manchester City defender has recently been shadowed by the introduction of Mangala to City for £32million. He has high potential to be a top quality centre-back but is also injury prone ( He’d fit in great at Arsenal then). Nevertheless he may be set to leave City in January and having been linked with Arsenal in the dying days of the summer transfer window,he would be a great addition to the defence perhaps as a rotation centre-back to provide relief to Mertesacker and Koscielny when needed.

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