Arsenal's Physios, Medical and Fitness Coaches—a Huge Question Mark

Deena SobeihContributor IAugust 14, 2009

LONDON - JANUARY 31:  Vassiriki Diaby of Arsenal lies injured on the pitch before being stretchered off during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and West Ham United at the Emirates Stadium on January 31, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

I didn't want to talk about this in my first article , but I cant help it really, I was surprised that no one brought in this subject before.

For those who dont know, tomorrow is our first game of the season, and yesterday I found out that more players will be missed tomorrow, so let's check it out.

  • Djourou wont be avlaible for about a month.
  • Fabianski—our 2nd goalkeeper—out for 2 months.
  • Walcott, not fit for  tomorrow's game, Wenger expects him to be fit in a week, so probably will miss celtic clash too.
  • Rosicky out for 2 weeks.
  • Nasri is seven weeks away from training
  • Diaby probably wont be able to play tomorrow

Ok, so for those who missed counting, at least 2 out of our 1st 11 will be missed tomorrow, and we didnt start the season yet...speechless.

A serious problem in players fitness; Nasri seems cant handle any harsh tackle on his ankles (any tackle and he is out for at least 3 weeks) and Rosicky who has suffered countless setbacks in his rehab for about 18 months now (ok, if he is not 100 % fit to play, then he shouldnt be on the pitch—I prefer missing him for the next 2 weeks to losing him for the next 2 months of the season)

Even lazy-bayore , who last season at White Hart Lane decided suddenly and unexpectedly to play football, ran a sprint and...BAM!—out for 6 weeks—even the only time he showed some desire to play football, he was out for more than a month .

Walcott i think has a problem in his shoulder and had 2 shoulder injuries last season. I am not gonna mention Eduardo as he has his own story.

Some are gonna say that s*** happens and no team can stay with no injuries the whole season—agreed, but with that rate? team suffered that number of injuries. I remember Chelsea took their share of injuries at the beginning of the season last year, but they were terrific at the end. I dont think that lampard , for example, missed any game last season due to injury.

Another thing: We can't handle physical challenges.

I was amazed couple of weeks ago when Walcott said that arsenal should drop the beautiful football for a while and start to play ugly—he means those physiacal challenges that made us suffer last season against Chelsea FA cup semi-final. Cant help laughing, sorry.

And that's gonna bring on another subject, Arsenal's current height and weight which is totally a disaster. Bottom line, we cant handle physical challenges, at least not like other teams can, and last season's game against Stoke city where we lost 3 important players due to injury is still in my mind.

Last week, when there rumours that Chamakh was joining Arsenal, I laughed and said that the guy really cant take any physical challenges with giant the Man Utd defenders, I am really really sorry to say this, deeply sorry, but Chamkh, honey, dont be sorry, you are not the only one here...join the club.