Not since 2008 have Arsenal had a season that has not been marred by injuries to key players.
I strongly believe the Gunners would have won the Premier League in 2008 were it not for the injury to Eduardo and some other members of the squad.
It was the same again in 2015/16 when Leicester won the title – the Gunners were looking like potential champions until Santi Cazorla got injured; derailing their season.
This term, Arsene Wenger’s side have struggled in the absence of their Spanish midfielder – who is looking unlikely to ever play for Arsenal again – and this is aside from injuries to other key players of the team: Ozil, Sanchez, Mustafi, Koscielny and Ramsey have all missed key matches this season due to one injury or another.
And now there are fears that Arsenal could be without Aaron Ramsey when they take on Tottenham this weekend at the Emirates.
The former Cardiff City star played for Wales in their defeat against France on Friday and there have been question marks over the player’s fitness ever since. A hamstring injury could see him out of the North London derby.
Chris Coleman, Wales’ national manager sent the midfielder back to London however, later confirmed that he did so only as a precautionary measure.
“Coming into the camp we knew we were only going to have him for France,” the Welsh boss said.
“No matter how he felt afterwards we decided it would be one game for Aaron Ramsey.
“I think coming into the camp because of what’s been happening with him at Arsenal in terms of his fitness we thought one game would be better than two.
“That was the thinking, he’s gone back to Arsenal. He will be available for them at the weekend.”
This could be good news for Arsenal as Ramsey’s inclusion will be integral to the Gunners getting anything from the game, but we will have to wait until Wenger’s pre-match press conference for confirmation on the midfielder’s injury.