Arsenal’s long recurring injury crisis has once again raise its ugly head, but this time, right at the start of the new season and with the grace and luck of the transfer window still within the club’s reach.
The Injury Curse Is Upon Us.
Arsenal have so far in the past suffered massive injury crisis to key member(s) of the squad with the number of cases most times on the high side.
Without paying much reference to the past. Only last season here, Arsenal were riding high on their horses; topping the league table for a great number of weeks until it happened. Injury forced out one of Arsenal’s most inform midfielder (Aaron Ramsey) at that time out. Which was subsequently followed by injuries to Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere, Mesut Ozil, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kierran Gibbs and so on, who all underwent various injury spells at one point at the other.
But one man – Olivier Giroud stood the long rigours of that over demanding term and was available all through the season for the Gunners has now been hit with an injury so early in the new season, possibly to the fact that you cannot cheat nature and when you have played that long a time of active football and then going into the summer competing in the World Cup again without much needed rest, it is only normal that the body will break down at one point or the other.
The Arsenal forward has undergone successful surgery to repair a small fracture to his left tibia.
Scans following Saturday’s match at Everton confirmed the injury and after specialist opinions in the following days, the decision was taken to have surgery in London on Wednesday afternoon.
Olivier is expected to return to action in approximately four months.
Arsene Wenger when asked on Giroud’s injury told Arsenal’s official website,
“Giroud had surgery today from a broken tibia and he will be out for 3-4 months on the competition side. That means he will be capable to play again in the Premier League certainly at the end of December because he will be out for two months. By the time he comes back, that goes three to four months. You ask me straight away who we will buy? I give you the answer straight away – at the moment nobody.”
In my own opinion Giroud’s injury is as a result of lack of competition for his place last term and it would only make sense if Wenger can bring in another striker to release the steam on Giroud and Yaya Sanogo.
We are luckily advantaged for this injury to have happened when something can still be done to avert its consequence. As it will now force open the hands of Wenger to spend on another striker as we cannot depend on Sanogo and Alexis till the Winter break when Giroud is expected to return.