While we clearly cannot do anything but wait patiently to have our players back from injuries, some of them seem to feel our pain and so have decided to keep us updated on their situations in the treatment room.
Long-term absentees Mesut Ozil and Mattieu Debuchy have taken to their social media accounts to post pictures of their recuperation processes. The German International suffered a knee damage in the League defeat to Chelsea just before the International break, being unable to feature for Joachim Loew’s side in their Euro Qualifiers against Poland and Scotland this month. The midfielder has not allowed the ignominy of the injury to keep him out of reach with the matters affecting the Gunners, as he has continued to show his support for the team, with constant tweets on Matchdays, not least the show of amazing joy at Podolski’s equalizer against Anderlecht. He subsequently posted a picture of himself doing shifts in the gym, with a conspicuous white Plaster of Paris wound round the affected left knee.
In the same vein, Debuchy has expressed his enthusiasm to return quickly to action with the team, posting a collage of images of himself doing rounds in the gym. Debuchy twisted his ankle in our League game against City in September and has been out ever since. He had been expected not to return till the new year but he seems to have made good progress with his recovery, with the Christmas engagements a likelihood for him. Wenger has had to employ youngsters Calum Chambers and Hector Bellerin in his absence and though they have done a good job, Debuchy had shown enough signs in the first few games to give us a feeling that he was an improvement on the departed Bacary Sagna.
Kieran Gibbs appears to be okay for the weekend meeting with Burnley though he had limped off at Sunderland. The left-back who has been one of our very best players this season with Alexis had incurred a pain in his pelvis causing him to be substituted but has passed a scan on the affected region previously thought to require a six-week treatment period.
The frequency with which Arsenal players are reported as injured sometimes raise doubts amongst some fans about their commitments. While some may allege that the players are simply too fragile and made more of glass than steel, some go as far as even saying the players just want to buy some free time for vacations.
By coincidence, the four players currently sidelined from the team on mid and long term concerns may fall under the second category. The trio of Laurent Koscielny, Mats Debuchy and Olivier Giroud were all involved with France up to the quarter final stages of the World Cup, while David Ospina featured in all of Colombia’s games up to the same last 8 round where they lost to the hosts Brasil. Mesut Ozil even was more involved in the summer fiesta having started all seven games for Germany including the victorious Final against Argentina.
But you can’t prove any of the above, can you?
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