By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger has studied the causes of Arsenal's injury problems this season.
The Frenchman's list of walking wounded has hovered around the seven or eight mark for much of the campaign and has even climbed into double figures on a couple of occasions. At present Wenger has nine players out: Robin van Persie, Kieran Gibbs, Johan Djourou, Nicklas Bendtner, Aaron Ramsey, Fran Merida, Samir Nasri, Abou Diaby and Bacary Sagna.
The manager has the utmost faith in his medical staff and together they have looked for an explanation for Arsenal's misfortune on the injury front. Wenger drew some conclusions at his pre-match press conference.
"We do, of course, investigate that," he said. "Because we are in a position where we play only big games.
"Sometimes we rush the players a bit back. For example, against Aston Villa, we had Cesc Fabregas on the bench. I knew before the game that I will not play him but, at some stage, I decided to play him, knowing that it [another injury] could happen.
"Abou Diaby is different. He had a kick on his calf and it became a little strain."