It is often cited that ‘luck’ or ‘fate’ have seriously affected the Gunners when challenging for the title. Injuries have been the main cause of us being unable to sustain a strong starting XI and therefore, being handicapped in our push for a trophy. ‘After this, therefore, because of this’.
This season so far, we have been fairly ‘lucky’ with injuries. Jack and Danny are the only main concerns but their absence has not as yet, been a dibilitating factor. There are still enough players to fill their spots. However, will this continue and can we maintain an injury free period long enough to make our current good start in the Premier League a successful? Sanchez has finally found form but last weekend he walked off with a groin injury, fortunately it wasn’t bad enough for him to miss playing for his country. If however, he were to be out for several weeks or months then that would be a serious disruption to our team dynamic.
The last few seasons have shown the fragility of the Arsenal when it comes to maintaining a fit team. This season, apart from the opening game, we have started extremely well and it looks as if we could mount a promising bid for the title. Injuries are my main worry and inconsistancy is my second concern. Mr Wenger seems to be targetting the Premier League title, with rotation now the norm in the Champions League. Rotation will hopefully reduce the risks of any of our main players picking up an unneccessary injury.
We have a fairly good run of games up until Christmas and I can foresee us topping the league on Christmas day.
Aston Villa (a)
Man City (h) and then Southampton (a) on Boxing day.
A maximum of 30 points…. wouldn’t be beyond our capability to get close to 30 points on current form and the injury Gods smiling kindly upon us. Injuries and inconsistancy are going to be our biggest enemies. Inconsistancy can be worked on as a team and in training and mental preperation. Injuries can be inflicted at any moment so rotation in the other competitions is going to be crucial. A good push for the PL and the FA cup is going to be the priority for Wenger…. the PL because he needs it at this stage in his career, and the FA cup because we will make history.
Todays Sunday supplement is short and has been rather rushed, I’ll apologise for any spelling errors because haven’t proof read…. a weekend of alcohol abuse has taken it’s toll and I must admit , I’m feeling rather rough. However, I think a glass of wine now with my normal spicy chorizo should do the trick. Post hoc ergo propter hoc…. as they say. Santé!