Mathieu Flamini has bemoaned the spate of injuries to teammates this season, but says it’s part and parcel of the modern game and that the Arsenal squad will have to cope.
With Tomas Rosicky, Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Danny Welbeck already sidelined, the Gunners lost captain Mikel Arteta, as well Francis Coquelin for 3 months against West Brom last weekend.
It doesn’t make life any easier but Flamini says they’ll just have to get on with it.
“Of course, it’s never easy but it’s part of the game,” he said. “The season is very long, it’s always like that, and you have to face the problems and the injuries.
“But to win titles, you don’t win it with 11 players, you need 25, and everyone has to play a role during the competitions. With such competitions and so many games, you need everyone ready.
“But sometimes you have to face reality, and injuries are part of football and part of the title race.”
Flamini may be called up to deputise again for Coquelin this weekend when Arsenal face Norwich.
Current Arsenal injuries
Francis Coquelin – Medial ligament damage
Mikel Arteta – Shorn calf
Theo Walcott – Rampant vein-grubbers
Danny Welbeck – Jizz blisters
Jack Wilshere – Pulsating gooch
Tomas Rosicky – Grizzled flange