Is Emery’s training method responsible for Arsenal’s injury crises?
Injury is part of football as you would hear many pundits and managers say, but it is abnormal when it becomes rampant and frequent like we are experiencing at the Emirates stadium.
The Gunners have a record of injuries to key players during Arsene Wenger’s reign but it wasn’t as rampant as the current situation with the team under Unai Emery.
At first, it was Laurent Koscielny, the Frenchman spent seven months in the recuperating room before he finally returned back to action.
England international Danny Welbeck has been ruled out of the season due to long-term injury layoff.
Rob Holding, Konstantinos Mavropanos and Hector Bellerin were the next victims of the injury crises rocking the club.
Spanish midfielder Nacho Monreal became the sixth player to get injured in quick succession as he limped out of the pitch in their 3-1 home victory over Burnley last Saturday.
It was confirmed by the Gunners on Monday — via their official page— that Armenian striker Henrikh Mkhitaryan would be sidelined for six weeks following the injury he picked up against Tottenham in the EFL Cup competition.
Is Emery demanding too much his players on the training ground?
When asked about Emery’s training method some months back, Arsenal striker Alex Iwobi revealed that the manager wants his players to perform to their best in training session.
The Nigerian winger further confirmed that Emery pushes players to their limit so as to get the best from them even if it is too physically challenging.
Is it suppose to be so? That’s been the question many Arsenal faithful are asking themselves as they can’t figure out why players should be overstretched in training sessions.
As much it’s good for players to give their all in training, it would be suicidal for them if their muscles are overstretched.
Arsenal can’t continue to lose players to injury, hence, Emery might need to change his training method as soon as he could.
He should give room for his men to have some moments of rest during training. This will go a long way to help them regain strength and shape prior to any competitive match.
RETURNING DATE FOR INJURED PLAYERS
Holding has been out for two weeks and he is expected to spend another four weeks on the sideline.
As for Mavropanos, Arsenal medical team revealed that the player would be back to full recovery in January after spending up to six weeks treating his overstrained groin.
Just like the Greece international, Hector Bellerin is reportedly going to return in January if there is no relapse.
Welbeck is ruled out of the season and there’s is no exact date for his return