From the horrific leg break of Eduardo in February 2008 against Birmingham City to a similarly horrendous injury on Aaron Ramsey against Stoke City in February 2010, the Gunners’ season have mostly been near misses which left supporters with thoughts of what would have been if we had our players well and fit all through the season.
Add that to the almost never consistent Robin van Persie – his only full injury free season was in 2011/2012 where he scored over 30goals before joining Manchester United, and the man who is usually “only fit during pre-season” Abou Diaby, coupled with a few other cases; pundits would most likely agree that Arsenal’s season have often been defined by injuries.
While some blamed it on the fragility of the players, others are of the opinion that the team physios may be lacking in certain aspects when it comes to players’ fitness and training routine checks. Hence it becomes imperative that the club ensures that at least ninety-five-percent of the first team squad stays fully fit for the entire duration of the season.
To this end, Arsenal are leaving no stone unturned as they look set to mount a serious challenge for that elusive EPL crown and probably a First European Champions League trophy in their history.
After securing the services of a World class goalkeeper in Petr Cech to correct some silly errors in the goalkeeping department, the Gunners have now signed up two new fitness coaches James Haycock and Barry Solan to help put an end to all those injury problems.
Haycock is head of medical at Huddersfield Town and is expected to add his wealth of experience to the physio team while Irish conditioning coach Solan was part of the German World Cup winning team.
It is impossible to rule out injuries in football but it is expected that with the wealth of experience of the newly signed duo as well as other concerted efforts from the entire medical team, majority of the players would henceforth spend more time on the field of play than on the treatment table.