We have just finished another rather boring International Break. Our players did reasonably well, and as-per-usual one of our players is coming back injured. It is becoming a bit of a tradition, and I'm sure a majority of us could have predicted it. This time it was the in-form Theo Walcott. It's incredibly strange and very annoying that it's not just random players being injured, but the players who are playing well, who are threatening to take the Footballing World by storm.
As mentioned Theo Walcott is the new name on the sidelines, after having a brilliant start to the season scoring four goals in three games. It was the same with Nasri; who after being omitted from the France World Cup Squad, was looking to prove himself. He was the maestro in midfield, but then, what do you know, he was on the sidelines for a month after "minor knee surgery."
It was the same last year, Robin van Persie looked like he was a world-beater, but then, after a certain 'friendly', he was on the sidelines for seven months. Aaron Ramsey was on the verge of cementing a first-team place, and we all know the rest.
As past seasons show, time and time again: Arsenal looks strong, they look like they can break this trophy drought, they play excellent football, comeback after everybody says "Arsenal aren't contenders," get so close, and eventually lose-out not due to lack-of-quality, but to injuries.
Arsenal, to an extent, can cope. We did it last year without Robin van Persie, and I'm sure we can do it again this season, shuffling players from all over the place in order to fill the gaps. It works; for a while. But, over the course of the season our players drop like flies, often being rushed back to fill the ever increasing holes in the squad.
Yet, it is still nagging me, why does this always happen?
Arsenal has a team built-by Arsene Wenger. It is a team who play beautiful football. A team who the majority of which have been with each-other for a number of years now; who know each-others style, and show it by the way they play. It is a team full of talent, who can beat ANY team in the world on their day. A team who shows character time-and-time again. A team who hasn't won any trophies, which hopefully leaves them more hungry, more determined. Arsenal is a team, not a bunch of superstars. A team where the only thing stopping them is injuries.
And hopefully Arsenal can prove to the world, that they can accomplish what they now deserve. All it will take is a little luck.