Injuries not an excuse v Burnley

So tomorrow we play Burnley. And the Arsenal injury list continues to grow.

Already out were long termists Laurent Koscielny, David Ospina, Mesut Ozil, Matthieu Debuchy & Olivier Giroud. Add in “Not injured but not fit to start for the first team” Abou Diaby, Theo Walcott, Yaya Sanogo & Serge Gnabry, we are beginning to build a team of injured players.

The latest news is the Jack Wilshere is likely to miss out against Burnley, whilst Kieran Gibbs has not fully shaken off the hip injury he picked up against Sunderland. We actually have 11 players unlikely to be available to play against Burnley.

How could they line up?

Ospina
Debuchy Koscileny Gibbs
Gnabry Wilshere Diaby Ozil Walcott
Giroud Sanogo

Despite our clear injury crisis, they should not be an excuse against Burnley.

Burnley have not won in the Premier League this season – although that probably means they are due one. Drawing 4 and losing 5, they have scored just 5 goals. Pretty much a goal every 2 goals.

They should not be a threat.

Yes, we have 11 players out injured, but the side we will probably put out will sitll be fairly strong:

Szczesny
Bellerin Chambers Mertesacker Monreal
Arteta
Ox Ramsey Cazorla Sanchez
Welbeck

It is a line up who share 367 international caps and 61 international goals between them.

As a comparison, Burnley’s entire 1st team squad contains just 6 players with International recognition, totaling 88 caps and 10 goals. 3 of their capped players share 6 caps in total.

Burnley should not be a side that scares us. When you also consider that the above starting 11 contains 7 FA Cup winners, a World Cup winner, a La Liga winner & Copa Del Ret winner, a European Championships winner, a Premier League winner, it shows that, despite what some claim, we do have some decent strength in depth.

It is also likely that we will have Tomas Rosicky, Matthieu Flamini, Lukasz Podolski & Joel Campbell on the bench, adding an additional 257 caps and 79 international goals.

When you consider that Tomas Rosicky, on the bench, has more caps than the entire Burnley side, you are perhaps starting to understand the gulf between the 2 sides.

Injuries should not be an excuse against Burnley. None of their players would get into our injury ravaged side. We should win.

The bigger question is, who would win, the Arsenal Fit XI or the Arsenal injured XI

Fit XI

Szczesny
Bellerin Chambers Mertesacker Monreal
Arteta
Ox Ramsey Cazorla Sanchez
Welbeck

Injured XI

Ospina
Debuchy Koscileny Gibbs
Gnabry Wilshere Diaby Ozil Walcott
Giroud Sanogo

Keenos

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