Arsenal have been hampered by injuries, says Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger believes that Arsenal's title challenge has been derailed by their mounting injury problems
Arsene Wenger believes that Arsenal’s title bid has been severely damaged by the Gunners’ mounting injury problems.
A run of just one win in their last five top-flight outings has seen the north London side drop down to fourth place in the table and seven points behind the leaders with six games left to play.
Injuries to key players including Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Mesut Ozil have left Wenger with deplete midfield options as the season reaches its conclusion.
You cannot say that you have exactly the same creativity and the same goal-scoring opportunities we had before
And the Frenchman feels that the sheer number of absentees has caused his side problems in recent weeks.
“It’s not one injury that has an impact on a squad like ours. It’s the combined injuries of a few players in the same area who can create and score goals,” said Wenger, who will have Ramsey back available for Sunday’s trip to Everton.
“That has an impact. At the same time we had Walcott, Wilshere, Ramsey and Ozil out, so you cannot say that you have exactly the same creativity and the same goal-scoring opportunities we had before.”
Wenger insisted that his side are ready for a stern test of their top-four credentials on Merseyside this weekend.
“It’s an opportunity to go forward and as well an opportunity to make a distance with Everton,” he said.
“As I told you after the last game against Man City, we look in front of us and behind us as well. That’s what the game is about on Sunday.
“Everton are a good side, that’s why they are where they are. I think in the first game [in December] we were caught just at the end.
“In the second game we won 4-1 and scored two late goals, so they were two interesting games. I think it will again be very interesting on Sunday.”