In recent seasons, Arsenal Football Club has been haunted by bad luck, squad indiscipline, poor officiating decisions and, of course, mysterious injuries.
This season, Arsenal has had its fair share of bad luck and one can’t look further than the surprising 4-3 defeat at the hands of Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.
Gervinho opened the scoring after receiving a delightful through ball from Alex Song. Yakubu Aiyegbeni scored two goals (one offside) and that was where the scoring stopped for the home side.
Despite leading at halftime thanks to an emphatic Mikel Arteta finish, Arsenal somewhat connived to concede two own goals and Marouane Chamakh’s late header wasn’t enough to give Arsene Wenger’s men a point.
Regarding squad indiscipline, the regular culprit Song has done time after receiving bans from the FA and youngsters like Carl Jenkinson and Emmanuel Frimpong have already been brandished red cards in their short Arsenal careers.
I can open up a blog to write about the amount of officiating decisions that have gone for and against the Gunners this season alone and games like Liverpool (Luis Suarez’ offside), Tottenham (Rafael van der Vaart’s handball), Blackburn (Yakubu’s offside) and many more will come to light.
Injuries have become an essential part of football because of its unpredictability and the way teams handle them goes a long way in reshaping the destiny of the club for that season at least. Manchester United for instance, have lost their inspirational captain Nemanja Vidic to a knee injury that will sideline him for the rest of the campaign, but they have the likes of Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones to provide support for the aging Rio Ferdinand.
Arsenal is a team that’s renowned for having a formidable squad that challenges for honors every season but Wenger’s team has been hit very hard by the demons of injury as all four recognized fullbacks are currently on the sidelines nursing injuries.
Bacary Sagna suffered a leg fracture in October when Arsenal visited White Hart Lane to play rivals Tottenham, Jenkinson has back issues, Andre Santos went for a surgery to solve an ankle problem and Kieran Gibbs recently suffered a set back in his groin injury.
Wenger has been forced to use his center backs as make-shift full backs and they haven’t been half bad in those positions. He’s still waiting on the return to fitness of these players but the fans are calling for emergency full backs to hold the fort at least.
Here are five reasons why Arsenal needs to sign a full back in January: