Ramsey down injured against Tottenham.
In more ways than one, Saturday’s North London Derby failed to live up to its billing. A fairly scraped draw at home coming from behind after a rather lackluster opening was not what we all had been expecting when we marked the 27th September on our League calendar wallpapers.
Worse still, it appears the slump that affected our campaign last season is just around the corner, only it’s coming 3 months earlier.
The injuries to Aaron Ramsey in December of Last Year became a turning point in our season, which saw us go from 128 days at the top to fifth, finally managing to nick fourth. He may not have been at his sparkling best this term but the sight of him pulling his hamstring midway into the game against Tottenham would have us wish he was poor all game, yet injury-free. Arteta soon followed suit with his own and, though there is the general agreement that he will never be able to adapt to that role fully, it is still a significant worry to us that the main option for that role will be out on the sidelines for a while.
Mikel Arteta injured for the second time already this season.
It goes without saying that this is terrible news for Arsene Wenger as his side now have to negotiate what are sure to be grueling challenges in the upcoming fixtures without key men in key areas. Galatasaray visit the Emirates stadium on Wednesday, Match Day 2 of this season’s Champions League, after which we go to League leaders Chelsea on Sunday. With a handful of long and medium term absentees already, the signs at the moment spell nothing but gloom and doom for our campaign this season, even at this infant stages.
And, it may even get worse.
Notice we had all 3 of our first choice center backs featuring in 2 consecutive League games now, Aston Villa and Tottenham. With all the talk for an emergency call- up from the free agents’ market, the loss of any of Mertesacker, Koscielny or Chambers will be a devastating blow to us as the stability in the team will be altered. As we saw with the Hayden/Chambers pair in the League Cup, we may not rely on two 19 year olds to take us through a season against top class attacking teams in England and Europe.
The temptation will be to instantly blast the manager, laying all the blames on him. To be fair, it’s not one which you’ll be faulted for falling for. He, indeed, must realize that it would have been in the best interest of the team to have as many options as possible, knowing well the inevitability of the occurrence of injuries in our team.
“We are now in a situation where we cannot afford more injuries”, he said. Sorry sire, we had always been.
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