Arsenal is going through some tough times and things are not looking up before their Champions League clash against Bayern Munich. There have been several complaints from coaches and club staff suggesting that players are pushed beyond their limits by having to play as many as three matches in a week. This very busy schedule leads to injury and fatigue causing the quality of the game to drop. The Premier League is one of the busiest in the world. With Arsenal’s involvement in all major competitions, keeping players fit is becoming an issue.
Jack Wilshere is a victim of such a tiring pace and may miss some of Gunners’ most important matches of the season. During the game against Sunderland, the English international had to be substituted after sustaining an injury to his right leg. It was a bad night for Arsenal’s midfielder as several of the opposing teams’ players came on pretty hard on Wilshere. During the first half he had already been taken down at least three times while Wenger was desperately asking the referee to take action. After the match the French coach said that his behavior had nothing to do with Wilshere in particular. He was just looking out for his players as a whole since Sunderland seemed quite aggressive in the tackle.
According to post match statements, the English midfielder is going to be out for at least 5 days. He received a thigh injury on 50 minutes in the game after a nasty-looking collision with Sunderland’s French midfielder Alfred N’Diaye. He had to be replaced especially after being played for the entire 90 minutes against Brazil, and his recent history that includes a 14 month period of inactivity caused by medical problems. Wenger is very proud that he is able to coach one of the youngest English internationals, but also said that he did not expect Wilshere to complete a full game against Brazil especially when Roy Hodgson is very well aware of the Premier League’s busy schedule and of the fact that Arsenal are playing in several competitions at once.
Although not that severe, Wilshere’s injury is not the only problem Arsenal have to face as several other key players are out. Laurent Koscielny, Carl Jenkinson and Thomas Vermaelen are all injured and none of those injuries were caused by other players.