Arsene Wenger has revealed that centre-back William Gallas will miss at least one month of Arsenal's crucial run-in.
Gallas felt very well on Sunday and Wenger tried to force him for the Porto game but by doing so prolonged the injury by another four weeks.
Even the hamstring problem to Cesc Fabregas is not so threatening as Wenger has cover for him, but Arsenal's backline is as thin as a thread, and the last thing you want to hear in the final stages of the season is a long term injury to one of the regular defenders.
Wenger's prudential ideas may yet against cost Arsenal the league in the fag end of the season.
Even before the half-way mark of the season, it was evident that Arsenal's backline is narrow and it was a necessity to splash cash in the January transfer window to strengthen the defense.
Wenger, however, opted the cheap option and re-signed Sol Campbell, who's clearly not fit for more than one game in a week and stands in with a high chance of getting injured considering the highly physical nature of the Premier League.
Injuries to either Gallas or Thomas Vermaelen was enough to derail the progress of the team and now it's confirmed that Wenger tried to push Gallas too early from his calf injury and in the process he collapsed in the training. Perhaps Wenger should have shown little more patience and then he would have been available by next week.
Wenger deliberately opted to take risk knowing that he doesn't have any cover for Gallas. He had no choice but to push Gallas sooner rather than later.
Matches will come thick and fast in the last few months and Campbell will sweat hard if Wenger uses him week in week out. It's impossible so the only apparent option is Mikael Silvestre. The last thing Arsenal fans would like to hear.
Now, Wenger's foolish transfer policies resurfaced after this fresh Gallas setback.
Blame it on Wenger for not signing another defender. In addition to that, Wenger allowed two of the hot, young prospects to go on-loan knowing that Arsenal might face similar situation sometime in the season.
Havard Nordtveit is the best young defender coming through the youth ranks at Arsenal, and he's on season long loan spell at Bundesliga outfit Nurnberg.
Kyle Bartley is another hot prospect and surprisingly Wenger allowed him to join Sheffield United on-loan when he could have done a much better job than Silvestre at Arsenal.
The most important point to ponder here is: Wenger's baffling decisions when it comes to sending youngsters on loan.
Carlos Vela needed more games and Wenger knew that he won't get any chance at Arsenal, so Vela needed a long spell elsewhere, but Wenger opted not to send him instead was happy to see him getting injured and sitting out after every other month.
Furthermore, Fran Merida needed a loan spell but Wenger kept him under his wings and now not so surprisingly he's crocked and lay somewhere in the training grounds of Arsenal.
Bartley was experienced enough to start for Arsenal, I mean at least better than Silvestre, but Wenger chose to keep the ex-Manchester United defender to play spoilsport in the end part of the season and in the process sent Bartley to Sheffield when he could have used him in the Premier League.
If Arsenal collapses in the fag end of the season then surely one of the reason would be this defensive transparency. Let's wait and watch.
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