Ever since Manchester United manager Erik Ten Hag made a needless comment about Arsenal and injuries, the Gunners have had terrible luck – Oleksandr Zinchenko is the latest to be ruled out for the rest of this campaign.
Mikel Arteta’s side, for the most part, have been the best team in the country this season. Nobody expected us to be where we are, and that has resulted in some jealousy among rivals.
Erik Ten Hag’s Arsenal curse strikes again
Out of absolutely nowhere and for no reason whatsoever, Manchester United boss Erik Ten Hag decided to take a swipe at Arsenal and our supposed luck with injuries.
The Dutchman, who has done a good job at United this season, somehow came to the conclusion that the Gunners have had no injury problems at all this season.
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“Arsenal, all the time their squad is totally available,” he said.
By that point, Gabriel Jesus and Emile Smith Rowe had both missed months and months of football, while Oleksandr Zinchenko, Thomas Partey, Mohamed Elneny and Reiss Nelson had been absent for a good chunk of the campaign as well.
Ten Hag’s claims was instantly branded as foolish by Arsenal fans and rightly so, but his words somehow turned into a curse just a day later.
Arsenal lost Takehiro Tomiyasu and William Saliba to injuries and neither have played a minute since. Oleksandr Zinchenko has also been ruled out for the remainder of this season now, which is a big blow.
Alarming stat shows how unlucky Arsenal have been with injuries
We already know by this point that Erik Ten Hag’s comments were extremely silly. A stat that is going around on social media backs that.
Since the start of this season, seven Arsenal first-team players have missed 10 or more games through injury. That list includes Gabriel Jesus, Reiss Nelson, William Saliba, Alex Zinchenko, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Mohamed Elneny and Emile Smith Rowe.
That just shows how unlucky we’ve been with injuries, but unlike some managers, Mikel Arteta has never used this as an excuse, and we’re still just a point behind Manchester City.
Hopefully, Ten Hag can keep Arsenal’s name out of his mouth from now.