By Richard Clarke
Arsène Wenger can't stand November.
It is a headache of a month for the Arsenal manager when fatigue takes its first bite out of his squad. Injuries, suspensions, international games and intense competition all start to add up and, if the work-toll is not managed carefully, it can ruin a campaign.
"In England, you always get injuries in November,” he said. “It's very frustrating.
“You look at the statistics, they always happen in November and you know that in December you can win or lose the title.
“It's the volume of games. You play on different pitches, players play international games, there is the end of the first phase of Champions League games and you could have played 20 games already.”
Arsenal have already suffered more injuries than most this season. The likes of Johan Djourou, Lukasz Fabianski, Samir Nasri, Denilson, and Tomas Rosicky have all had lengthy spells on the sidelines. Ahead of Wednesday’s game with AZ Alkmaar, Wenger announced that Gael Clichy (back) and Nicklas Bendtner (groin) would each be out for around a month.
"Like every team, we want our players to be available,” said Wenger. “But the only side which seems to have all of its players available at the moment is Chelsea.”Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 4 Nov 2009