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As it stands, only Aston Villa have more players ruled out of Premier League action than Arsenal.
According to Physio Room, the Gunners have seven players listed as injured. Three players—Jack Wilshere, Mathieu Flamini and Theo Walcott—are expected to return to first-team action after the international break.
The same, unfortunately, cannot be said of the other four players.
Arsenal have no expected return dates from injury of Lukas Podolski (hamstring), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee), Yaya Sanoga (back) and Abou Diaby (anterior cruciate ligament).
These are all important first-team squad players in one way, shape or form, especially Wilshere. They give Arsene Wenger the ability to shift his team shape and playing style. Without them, his options do become more limited.
The Gunners, therefore, could end up in trouble if other first-team players get injured.
One way around avoiding injuries is through psychological testing.
The MilanLab has been operating for just over 10 years at AC Milan and has helped reduce injuries to key players while elongating the careers of many.
Lengthening the career of key players is nothing new to Wenger. He assisted greatly in stretching the careers of Tony Adams, Martin Keown, Lee Dixon, Nigel Winterburn and his current assistant Steve Bould through correct training and the administering of individual and proper diets.
The MilanLab, however, goes one step further and has forged a three-pronged outlook on how a player's health and well-being should be measured.
The analysis carried out places its findings on three levels of acquisition: Our state of health can be seen in its relation to three base factors which we can see on the sides of an equilateral triangle.
One side shows us the structural conditions, another side displays the bio-chemical aspects and the third side is the psychological condition.
If any of the three sides is weakened, it will lead to an overall imbalance and therefore the state of well being will in some way be compromised.
The basic premise of MilanLab's outlook is based on the facts that physical fitness and the varied bio-chemical changes in a player, which all contribute to fitness and injury concerns, can all be measured.
They have gone one step further than most clubs and also measure the psychological health of their players, too.
The basic premise and belief is that if a player is not concentrating 100 percent on the job at hand, they are more likely to get injured. These type of injury situations are usually manifested in players receiving muscle strains as they attempt motions or acts they are not psychologically ready for.
John Brewin, writing for ESPN, claimed that AC Milan set up the MilanLab in 2002 following the disastrous signing of Fernando Redondo from Real Madrid in 2000. Redondo only played 16 games in four years before he eventually retired.
Mathieu Flamini, once with AC Milan and now back with Arsenal, is more than familiar with the process and spoke to Brewin on how good the lab was:
The opportunity to have use of the MilanLab is great because it gives a player who is old an opportunity to extend their career. These players, they are legends but you want to follow their step.
A report in the Irish Independent in 2009 claimed that the MilanLab had reduced AC Milan's injury list by 90 percent because of their three-pronged attack.
The Gunners should adopt this approach immediately.
According to a UEFA report, Injury incidence and injury patterns in professional football, by Jan Ekstrand, Martin Hagglund and Markus Walden for Linkoping University, an average squad of 25 players sustains 50 injuries per season.
Arsenal could mitigate those statistics in a beneficial way by introducing the regular psychological testing of players. It could make the difference between finishing first and second.