Where Would Arsenal’s ‘Injured Team’ Finish In The Premier League?

By on January 18, 2012

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With the wounds of another Premier League defeat still fresh, Arsenal fans continue to debate just what went wrong against Swansea on Sunday.

Many have been venting their anger at the board for not spending on new recruits, some targeting individual players with Ramsey, Walcott, Djourou and Arshavin feeling the brunt of the criticism, but the majority of fans have been laying the blame firmly at the doorstep of Arsene Wenger.

As manager, Wenger is the obvious choice. The buck stops with him after all. However, spare a thought for those players the boss has been unable to call upon for much of the season. In fact on Sunday, Arsene was without the services of a staggering 12 players. 6 of which are regarded as first choice regulars.

Any team would miss Sagna, Vermaelen, Gibbs/Santos, Arteta, Wilshere and Gervinho. As well as the numerous back up players who were missing.

The full list of players unavailable was the following ten players through injury; Fabianski, Wilshere, Arteta, Vermaelen, Santos, Gibbs, Sagna, Coquelin, Jenkinson and Diaby. With two away on international duty; Gervinho and Chamakh.

Many Arsenal fans were talking about the starting eleven you could make from the players absent on Sunday. An odd coincidence, but you can in fact make a decent looking side. Here’s my ‘Injured Team’:

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It’s not a bad side. Of course Fabianski is a dodgy keeper and would be regarded as a weak link in the side. The centre of defence is solid with Vermaelen playing alongside Sagna who despite being predominantly a right back, can play in the middle and has done so for France in the past. Youth and energy is provided in the full back areas through Gibbs and Coquelin. I chose Coquelin ahead of Jenkinson as i believe he’s got the potential to be a star for the Gunners.

The midfield looks the strongest area for Arsenal with Wilshere and Arteta playing together. Gervinho on the right with Diaby in the advanced midfield role and Brazilian Santos in the more advanced left wing position. The weakest area is probably the striker, Chamakh.

Goals may be hard to come by for this team with the erratic Gervinho supporting the useless Chamakh, although Santos has already proven he has a tidy finish on him and he is Brazilian after all, so he could bag a few goals for us. Diaby is an enigma, looking like a world beater one minute then a pub player the next.

But overall, a competitive looking team. So despite the many factors that have resulted in a poor season for the Gunners. Lets not forget the difficult injuries Arsene Wenger has had to deal with. Mancini has spent a fortune and is complaining when City are without a handful of players saying his squad is too small. Try standing in Arsene Wenger’s shoes for one day Roberto!!

But my question is; where do you think the ‘Injured Team’ would finish in the Premier League? Top 10 perhaps? Would it get relegated? I think we’d be battling it out with the likes of West Brom, Wolves, QPR and Villa eventually finishing in 12th place.

Leave your opinions in the comments section below… 

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7 Comments

  1. allan ouma

    January 18, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Wenger should get serious and strengthen the defense line of Arsenal. He should get strong defenders from other clubs who are not so familiar with injuries. As for the midfield, i think Arsenal is safe with Aaron Ramsey Playing with Arteta or Benayoun. The only problem is the defense. Not only Should a club have one player for central defense, at least 2 or 3 can do.

  2. yogi

    January 18, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    no man.. i think the injured squad would finish in the top 10 atleast. no team with the spine of the verminator wilshire and chamakh can finish outside the 10th place.. chamakh can be good again if he is given a run of games.. the problem is we dont put games we are supposed to win comfortably to bed early… hence he is not given time in a relaxed atmosphere where he can play and gain confidence again..

  3. Dan T

    January 18, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Wow. Suprisingly good team there.

    I would have played Jenko in at rightback, move the coq up to the right where Gervinho is, move Gervinho into the striking position and move Chamakh back to France.

    Think this would be an improvement on the team you have. Definitely a lack of goals there but give Jack and Arteta a bit of freedom to just go for it and I reckon we would finish just in the top half of the table. Maybe higher. Apart from Van Persie, Kos, Chezzer and Song we don’t really have any fit players that would break into that team.

  4. Janblosky

    January 18, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    I ll plead with wenger to pls get us samber b4 another club hijack him from us in order to strengthen the defence.

  5. COOLBLOKEZzz

    January 18, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Personally i think the team would get 10th howevere with these changes and maybe 2 new signings i see us challenging for the title as well as the champions league

    GK- SCZESNY

    RB- SAGNA
    CB- KOSCIELNY
    CB- VERMEALEN
    LB- GIBBS/SANTOS ( BOTH LOOK GOOD
    ESPECIALLY ATTACKING WISE)

    DCM- SONG
    CM- WILSHERE
    CM- ARTETA

    RW- WALCOTT
    ST- VAN PERSIE
    LW- GERVINHO

    ALL IN ALL LOOKS A VERY GOOD TEAM HOWEVER I WOULD CHANGE

    ARTETA -> GOETZE
    AND MAYBE WALCOTT-> PODOLSKI

    WHAT DO YOU THINK GUYS??

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  7. pfute tevera

    January 22, 2012 at 9:06 am

    relegation

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