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Top five Players who were injury prone at Arsenal

Injuries are part of the game but certain players have struggled too much with injuries of which some have been forced into retirement due to relapse or recurrent injury worries. Over the last ten years, the Gunners have not had a fair share with injury worries with many believing it could be one of the factors hindering the north-London club from winning the Premier League title since 2003/04 season having suffered the highest number of injury compared to their to the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City.

However, we take a look at the top five Arsenal players to have spent more times on the sidelines than on the pitch;


Theo Walcott

The English attacker ended his ten year spell at the Emirates in the January transfer window having secured a reported £20 million fee to Everton after finding games hard to come by.

However, during his spell with the Gunners, the winger suffered multiple injuries on various part of his body having been injured 44 times while he was still at the Emirates.

In the 2009/10 season, he could only rack up 15 appearances in all competitions having been injured on his lower back, hamstring and his knee.

Meanwhile, in the 2013/14 season he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in a 2-0 Third round FA Cup win against Tottenham of which ruled him out for over six month which saw him miss the rest of the season and 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Fredrick Ljunberg

The Swedish winger was brought in by Arsene Wenger in the summer of 1993 for a fee in the region of £3 million.

Despite a bright start to his Gunners career, a persistent knee injury blighted his nine year spell with the north-London club having sustained an injury 29 times. Although, he won major honours with the club having won two Premier League titles, three FA cup titles and one community shield.

Kieran Gibbs

The arrival of Sead Kolasinac from Schalke 04 last summer saw the English defender surplus to requirements at the Emirates.

However, his ten-year spell at the north-London came to an end having joined the Baggies last summer for a reported fee of £6.75 million but his career at the Emirates was majorly plagued by injuries after been injured 27 times.

Tomas Rosicky

The Czech midfielder moved to the Emirates for an undisclosed fee in the summer of 2006 and enjoyed a decent start to his Gunners career scoring six goals in 37 appearances in all competitions.

However, his injury woes began the following season having suffered a tendon injury in the FA Cup game against Newcastle in the winter of 2008 of which ruled him out for the remainder of the season.

The Czech international suffered 36 injuries during his ten-year spell at the Emirates.

Abou Diaby

The French midfielder joined the Gunners from Auxerre in 2006 for a reported fee of £2 million as a 19-year-old as was touted as the next Patrick Viera but reverse was the case as the Frenchman picked up 42 injuries during his nine year spell at the Emirates and was often referred to as the man made of ‘Glass’ due to his vulnerability to injuries.

His injury record was so bad he could only feature in 124 appearances during his nine-year stint with the Gunners scoring 14 goals.