Wenger: Injuries cost Arsenal in title race
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that injuries to several key players was the main reason why they were unable to sustain their title challenge, reports the Daily Telegraph.
The North London club are now engaged in a two-way battle with Everton to finish fourth and qualify for next season’s Champions League, despite having led the Premier League for long periods of the campaign, topping the standings as recently as February.
Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil have both recently returned from lengthy absences, while Abou Diaby has missed the entire season, Theo Walcott will not play again until August after suffering an injury during an FA Cup tie against Tottenham in January. Jack Wilshere has also been sidelined on more than one occasion.
And Wenger, speaking after his side won convincingly at Hull City on Sunday thanks to Ramsey’s opener and two goals from Lukas Podolski, believes the injury crisis which has plagued Arsenal this season is the outstanding reason why they are no longer fighting for the title.
He said: “You can never be sure of anything in our game. We lost [Theo] Walcott in an accident. We lost Özil – we haven’t really found out why. "Maybe we overplayed Ramsey a little bit, and should have rested him before he got injured. If you look at the injuries, the players we have missed, plus the schedule we had, then of course it was much more heavy than Liverpool.”
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