Arsenal midfielder out with knee injury for up to 12 weeks
Can you believe it? Arsenal’s most expensive ever signing looks set to be sidelined until 2015
As if Arsenal are not struggling enough with injuries, their most expensive player has now succumbed to a knee injury and could be out for up to 12 weeks.
It was revealed recently in The Independent, that Arsenal are the most injured side in the Premier League over the last 12 years, suffering over 100 more injuries than Manchester United, their closest rivals in the injury stakes and nearly twice as many injuries as Liverpool over the same period.
I don’t know how much investigation has gone on within the club into this phenomenon, but it needs to be a top priority.
It can not be the surface that they play on, as they spend their home games on possibly the most manicured carpet in world football.
Arsenal’s squad has tended to be a little on the small side, maybe these boys are less resilient than their more solid counter parts. But Olivier Giroud’s long term absence tends to discredit that theory. However he did have a long run without serious injury before his recent broken tibia.
In the close season Arsenal appointed the German national fitness coach to their backroom staff. I’m sure that the club and the fans hoped that this would help combat the never ending run of injuries to key players. But it looks like that has had no significant effect, with Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta, Olivier Giroud, Mathieu Debuchy and now Özil all picking up long term injuries.
But some solution to this problem needs to be found. The figures quoted by The Independent can not all be down to bad luck. And there is no doubt that the length of time that so many players have spent out of the game, have cost Arsenal success, trophies and no little amount of money.
The BBC reports on Özil’s latest plight.
Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil has been ruled out for up to 12 weeks with a knee injury.
The 25-year-old midfielder, who is on international duty with Germany, played 90 minutes in Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat at Chelsea on Sunday.
But he arrived at the German camp with a problem in his left knee and an MRI scan in Munich on Wednesday showed damage to the joint.
The Gunners are already without injured midfielders Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta.
A statement on the German Football Association website read: “The MRI examination revealed a partial rupture of the outer band of the left knee joint.
“The treatment is six weeks of immobilisation of the knee joint. Mesut Ozil is likely to be [out for] 10 to 12 weeks.”
Ozil complained of a sore knee after the defeat at Chelsea on Sunday and Arsenal say they advised the German FA of the situation. The former Real Madrid player has now returned to the Gunners for further assessment.
“It is too early to say how long Ozil may be out of action,” said Arsenal in a statement on the club website.
If the diagnosis is correct, it means Ozil may not be available to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger until after Christmas.
The playmaker signed from Real Madrid for a club record £42.4m in September 2013 and has scored eight goals in 46 starts.
He has been criticised for some of his performances, but helped the Gunners win the FA Cup last season – the club’s first trophy in nine years.
The injury gives Arsene Wenger further selection problems in midfield, following injuries to Ramsey and Arteta earlier in the season.
Ramsey could be out for a further month after limping out of Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham on 27 September.
Olivier Giroud (broken tibia) and Mathieu Debuchy (ankle) also remain out of contention for a lengthy spell and Theo Walcott is still a few weeks away from returning to training after sustaining a cruciate knee ligament injury in January.
Ozil will miss Germany’s Euro 2016 qualifiers against Poland on Saturday and the Republic of Ireland next Tuesday.
He looks certain to be out of the national team’s fixtures against Gibraltar and Spain in November.
Now I know that many Arsenal ‘fans’ see Mesut Özil as their whipping boy, someone to complain about when the team does not achieve the level of success that they demand. But that is ignoring the numerous goals and assists that he as provided since joining the club, let alone his other contributions. Add to that the fact that Arsenal won their first major trophy in nine years in his first season with them and you know that he will be missed.
Get well soon Mesut, the Gunners need you.
By Max Power