Arsenal: Key Characters Out With Injury More Of An Issue Than Lack Of Options

By Stowe Gregory
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 04:  The injured Theo Walcott of Arsenal makes a 2-0 gesture to the Tottenham fans as he is stretchered off the pitch during the Budweiser FA Cup third round match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on January 4, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Arsenal‘s recent injury troubles have more problems than just the lack of numbers as those injured are vital characters to their squad.

Arsene Wenger has perhaps had the worst run of luck in the Premier League in terms of injuries. Just days after Jack Wilshere was told his season may be over, their record signing Mesut Ozil suffered a serious hamstring injury meaning he will be out of action for at least three weeks.

The period coming up for Arsenal will define their season, with fixtures against Tottenham, Everton and Man City soon ahead. Without a fully fit squad, Wenger has far less selection than he would like which is definitely a worry. But it is the fact that these players are such big characters that is the real concern.

The ‘core’ that had been so vital to their plans this season has taken a big hit. With Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and Kieran Gibbs spending time out of action, that is a large part of the British core that Wenger has so much faith in.

In a period where desire and commitment is required, you begin to wonder: Where are the players who will pull results over the line?

There is no doubting that Per Mertesacker, Bacary Sagna and Mikel Arteta are the type of players who are capable. But there are so many key characters now ruled out for this period, you have to have concerns.

I don’t doubt Wenger’s ability to manage his squad through the next two months, but I’m sure their fans are less confident. Ozil’s absence will be felt, but if Ramsey can come back soon they will be ready to beat anyone in my view.

His determination to prove others wrong, play with quality and win will be crucial. But they must have him back soon; otherwise it could go the other way dramatically.

Stowe Gregory is a Soccer and Sports writer for Follow him or tweet on Twitter @stowegregory. Or add to circles on Google+.


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