Danny Mills: Arsenal players ‘genetically prone’ to injury

Danny Mills runs the rule over Arsenal's recent injury struggles

Danny Mills has claimed that some of Arsenal’s players are “genetically prone to injury” after the Gunners’ struggles worsened over the weekend.

Arsenal have been rocked by the news that Francis Coquelin is set to be out of action for at least 12 weeks after he suffered a medial knee ligament injury during the loss to West Brom at the weekend.

Coquelin joins the likes of Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck and Tomas Rosicky on the Arsenal treatment table, with the trio not having featured for the Gunners so far this season due to injury.

Former defender Mills has suggested that some of Arsenal’s stars have been “affected psychologically” by the Gunners’ injury troubles in recent seasons.

And Mills has delivered a damning assessment of Arsenal’s recent injury record after their latest string of setbacks.

Mills told Sportlobster: “Injuries like the one Coquelin suffered at the weekend can’t really be prevented. It’s just one of those things but players like Walcott and Wilshere are genetically prone to injury.

“Some players are just unlucky like that. I played with Jonathan Woodgate at Leeds who was prone to injuries and no matter how much rehab or prehab he went through he always picked up strains.

“That said, you do have to look at the training regime. I worry for Arsenal. They have this infamous ‘red zone’ that tells players when they are fatigued and need to rest. I think if you’re telling players they are tired and shouldn’t play it does start to affect them psychologically and they can become mentally weaker.

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“If you look at Gerrard, Lampard and Terry they played through countless knocks and niggles and would’ve rarely performed with 100 per cent fitness but they had the determination, the willpower, the desire, to play through injuries.”

Arsenal – fourth in the table – travel to Norwich City in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

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