Arsene Wenger is confident his medical team can continue to stave off the injury problems that have blighted Arsenal’s recent campaigns.
According to stats from physioroom.com used by The Mirror, the number of injuries experienced by first team players dropped by more than 20 per cent last season compared to 2013/14 with muscular injuries falling by the same figure.
It’s also highlighted that the number of days lost to injury dropped by more than 25 per cent, down from 2472 to 1834.
While muscular injuries still hover above the Premier League average for the last five seasons, the boss says that a change in preparation appears to be paying dividends.
“We always try to improve in every department and it’s true that we have done more fitness preparation on the medical side,” Wenger told press in Singapore.
“Every year we try to move forward and we feel that we have done much better last season. I’m confident that we will do better again this season.
“At the moment we came with 27 players, three goalkeepers and 24 outfield players, and they are all available to play on Saturday.”
A cursory glance at the staff page on Arsenal.com shows an expanded backroom staff with performance enhancement trainer, Shad Forsythe, the most high profile name.
In addition to three full-time masseurs there’s also two first team physiotherapists working under head physio
Gary Colin Lewin, a performance nutritionist, two fitness coaches – Tony Colbert the most well known – and a club doctor.
Let’s hope their combined efforts help the boys stay fit. Obviously you can’t legislate for clodhopping opposition louts flying into reckless challenges and snapping bones, but it’d be nice to think the niggly muscular problems can be kept under control.
Arseblog News suspects the departure of poor Abou Diaby will probably go some way to ensuring the figures noted above drop even further.