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Former Arsenal defender Sol Campbell believes injuries have been Arsenal’s obstacle in challenging for the Premier League title all these years.
Arsenal last won the league title in 2004 and while many have blamed it on different reasons like inconsistency and mentality, Campbell believes injuries have been our biggest problem.
Although we have started this season in electric form and the signs look good, Campbell believes that we must stay free from injuries in order to win the league title.
“It’s not mentality, it’s just injuries,” said Sol Campbell, speaking exclusively to 888sport.
“That’s what has hurt them all these years – key injuries to key players in key moments. Not just a few games out but for six months. If they can keep a fit team they can go all the way this season.
“The fans are desperate to win not just an FA Cup but to go all the way in the league; they want to be going until the last week of the season. They need that and they’re craving for it but so are four or five other clubs.
Campbell does have a point, while many have claimed lack of top players is the reason we missed out on the title for 12 years, I have always maintained the opinion that it’s been down to injuries. Every season, Arsenal have suffered from injury crisis and then fall by the way side due to lack of quality squad depth.
Last season was a perfect example, we were favorites for the title until December when Santi Cazorla, Francis Coquelin and Alexis Sanchez suffered injuries. From then, we began to stutter and ended up finishing 10 points behind eventual winners Leicester City.
I believe this season will be different. Injuries are inevitable but we strengthened our squad in the summer without losing any key player and the strength in the squad depth; which has been obvious in our performance this season means we can adequately replace anyone in the starting xi unlike previous seasons.
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