Two elements of an increasingly familiar story were evident again in the victory over Wolves – one favourable and one not so. Arsene Wenger will be delighted at his side for securing another last-gasp winner, this time moving the side to within three points of the summit and maintaining their title challenge. The not so favourable side to the game was the threadbare selection that took to the field due to the sheer amount of injuries that the squad has sustained during the campaign.
In the fallout from the Barcelona game, the Gunners picked up costly injuries that forced the manager’s hand in terms of Saturday’s team selection. Andrey Arshavin is ruled out until the end of the season, likewise is William Gallas, with the latter’s injury causing friction with the France manager Raymond Domenech. The coach complained about Wenger’s gamble, labelling it “outrageous and irresponsible” to start him against Barcelona after a lengthy injury lay-off. Unsurprisingly, Wenger defended his decision, and with various Arsenal players having picked up injuries whilst on international duty this season alone, the complaints fell on deaf ears. Another victim of the injury curse that seems to be plaguing the Londoners is Alex Song, who will miss the clash against Barcelona having picked up a groin strain in the victory over Wolves. His injury, coupled with Gallas’ return to the treatment room, means that Sol Campbell could become key once more. Campbell did not feature in the first leg against Bar