Arsenal’s ever growing list of injured players has provided their fans and the media with plenty to talk about over the last few seasons and with Aaron Ramsey suffering his third hamstring injury this season alone, a fair few people are casting the blame in Arsenal’s direction.
That is something manager Arsene Wenger has vehemently protested, claiming that the Gunners will not do anything different with Ramsey to get him back to full fitness nor will they change his training programme when he is back and to say that has gone down like a lead balloon in some quarters is an understatement.
Raymond Verheijen, who is a former assistant coach of Wales and thus has an infinite knowledge of the game claimed: ‘There are two solutions. Either Arsenal sort themselves out or Aaron has to go to a club where training is more balanced.
‘It’s one or the other. The medical staff can only cure the problem but football coaches cause the problem because they are responsible for football training sessions.’
While that statement probably does have elements of truth to it, suggesting Ramsey needs to leave the club is downright ludicrous.
At the end of the day, some players are just more injury prone than others and while Arsenal certainly have a slightly worrying record when it comes to injuries – and something does seem quite off, the fact of the matter is Ramsey could play for any club anywhere and would probably spend a fair bit of time on the treatment table.
Are West Ham United to blame for Andy Carroll’s injuries? Are Manchester United the reason Luke Shaw has become on first name terms with the medical staff this season? No they are not.
Some players can avoid serious injury for a decade – look at Frank Lampard. Others are out all the time. Yes, the conditioning and way the club both train and rehab them will play a part but it is down to genetics and the player themselves far more.
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