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On this day: Eduardo da Silva suffers broken leg at Birmingham City

On this day: Eduardo da Silva suffers broken leg at Birmingham City

When Arsenal made the trip to Birmingham City eight years ago today, they did so as league leaders who had not lost any of their last 10 Premier League matches, having won eight of those.

The lead over their closest challengers, Manchester United, was five points, but by the end of the weekend events at St Andrews, coupled with United’s 5-1 thrashing of Newcastle United, saw that advantage cut to three.

Having scored in recent wins over Everton, West Ham United and Manchester City, summer signing from Dinamo Zagreb Eduardo da Silva was starting to have an impact for the Gunners at a crucial time.

However, his season was ended in just the third minute against Birmingham when he suffered a sickening injury. The Croatian international beat Martin Taylor to the ball, but the Birmingham skipper could not stop his follow through as he caught the Arsenal striker on the shin, which snapped his fibula and dislocated his left ankle.

Taylor was instantly dismissed by referee Mike Dean, while the players who remained on the pitch were visibly distressed by what they had witnessed. Following seven minutes of treatment, which included oxygen being given to the striker, Eduardo was stretchered from the field of play.

In terms of the action, 10-man Birmingham broke the deadlock in the 28th minute when James McFadden was brought down just outside the area by Mathieu Flamini. McFadden then dusted himself down to convert the resultant free kick with a curling effort.

The visitors, understandably, appeared to remain perturbed by their stricken teammate, but within 10 minutes of the restart they were in front thanks to young England international Theo Walcott.

First he scored from close range, and then he embarked on a solo run that saw him slot the ball into the bottom corner of Maik Taylor‘s net.

It seemed as though Walcott’s intervention had sealed all three points for Arsene Wenger‘s charges, but as the match entered stoppage time, Birmingham snatched a point.

Gael Clichy hauled down Stuart Parnaby inside the area and McFadden stepped up to power in the resultant penalty, much to the anger of Arsenal defender William Gallas, who sat on the pitch after the final whistle, almost in tears.

While Arsenal had dropped two points in the title race, unsurprisingly it was the injury to Eduardo that dominated the thoughts of both managers.

An unhappy Wenger said: “It goes with the idea that to stop Arsenal you have to kick Arsenal and that kind of thing was waiting to happen. Many people have got away with too many bad tackles. We’ve escaped a few times but it’s just not acceptable. If that is football, it’s better to stop it.

“The worst thing you hear after is that ‘he’s not the kind of guy who usually does that’, but you need to only kill one person one time – it’s enough.”

As for Birmingham boss Alex McLeish, he jumped to the defence of Taylor: “I’ve seen the challenge and, yes, the studs land on Eduardo’s ankle. In slow motion these tackles always look bad, but he’s not a malicious player – Eduardo was just too quick for him. The referee’s done his job, it’s a sending-off, but Taylor’s not a malicious player.”

It was an injury that ruled Eduardo out of action for 12 months, but he struggled to hold down a regular spot in the team upon his return and was eventually sold to Shakhtar Donetsk in July 2010.

BIRMINGHAM: Maik Taylor; Kelly, Martin Taylor, Ridgewell, Murphy; Larsson (Nafti), Johnson, Muamba, Kapo (Zarate); McFadden, Forssell (Parnaby)

ARSENAL: Almunia; Sagna, Gallas, Senderos, Clichy; Walcott (Denilson), Fabregas, Flamini, Hleb (Silva); Eduardo (Bendtner), Adebayor

Santi Cazorla undergoes knee surgery and could be facing four-month layoff

Santi Cazorla undergoes knee surgery and could be facing four-month layoff

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Santi Cazorla could be out for up to four months after Arsene Wenger confirmed the midfielder underwent knee surgery on Friday.

The 30-year-old Spain international was injured early in the second half of Arsenal’s recent draw at Norwich – but remained on the pitch for the rest of the game.

Wenger admitted afterwards that Cazorla had finished the match “on one leg” and said in his press conference ahead of Saturday’s victory over Sunderland that it was a possibility the former Malaga man would be out until March.

It was unclear at that point whether Cazorla would require an operation but, speaking after the 3-1 win over Sam Allardyce’s Black Cats, Wenger revealed the player had gone under the knife.

When asked if the club knew if the ligament had ruptured and if surgery was required the Frenchman replied: “We know now. It has happened already. It’s not the season. It is at least three months, maybe four.”

Wenger said it was the opportunity to begin rehabilitation as soon as possible that had seen Cazorla have the surgery sooner rather than later – having been to see a specialist in Spain last week.

“Santi wanted to have a chance to come back quickly so he didn’t want to last too long for 25 opinions and he decided to go straight away,” Wenger added.

“The guy said, ‘look it’s a clear case, it’s a rupture of the external knee ligament’. And he said ‘Okay, let’s do it straight away.'”


Arsenal Injury News December 2015

Arsenal Injury News: Update On Sánchez, Cazorla, Koscielny, Walcott And More Ahead Of Sunderland Match

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lexis Sánchez is the latest Arsenal player to be set for a spell on the sidelines with injury.

It is a case of one step forward, two steps back for Arsenal on the injury front. While Theo Walcott could be available to make his return against Sunderland on Saturday, Alexis Sánchez and Santi Cazorla will be out, although with a more precise prognosis remaining unclear.

Walcott has been out since the end of October, after picking up a groin injury just minutes after coming on in a Capital One Cup match against Sheffield Wednesday. But, along with Laurent Koscielny, who had to go off with a hip injury in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Norwich City, and Kieran Gibbs, who sat out that most recent encounter, he has a chance of being involved at home to Sunderland.

“We will make a decision on Saturday on Koscielny and Walcott, they could both make the squad,” manager Arsene Wenger told Arsenal’s official website on Thursday. “Gibbs is available again for the weekend.”

Still, Arsenal’s injury crisis is still a long way from being over. Already missing Francis Coquelin, Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck, Tomas Rosicky and Mikel Arteta, the match with Norwich saw, not only Koscielny go down hurt, but two more influential players suffer more serious problems.

While Cazorla, who has started every one of Arsenal’s Premier League and Champions League games this season, finished Sunday’s encounter, he did so, according to Wenger, “on one leg.” It has been widely reported that the Spain international has suffered knee ligament damage and is set to miss at least three months. If so, it will mean Arsenal being without their first-choice midfield partnership of Cazorla and Coquelin well into the new year and for a crucial stage of the season.

Sánchez has been arguably the most influential player at Arsenal since he signed from Barcelona in the summer of 2014. His importance to the team has meant him playing almost every game, despite also doing so for Chile, both in World Cup qualifying and their run to the Copa America title in the summer. Yet, despite Wenger revealing that Sánchez had experienced a hamstring scare last week, he was still played against Norwich and duly suffered a hamstring injury. The 26-year-old is expected to miss at least three weeks, although, as with Cazorla, Wenger didn’t divulge any more details on Thursday.

“At the moment on Alexis, Santi and Mikel [Arteta], we don’t know how long they will be out for,” he said.

There has been some official comment on Sánchez’s injury, however. Chile manager Jorge Sampaoli has revealed that Sánchez has been allowed to conduct at least part of his recovery back in his home country.

“We have contacted the medical team at Arsenal, who have given him a week of treatment in Chile,” he is reported to have told Chilean radio station Tele13. “We have to see how the injury is in order to know how quickly he can recover, but we are aware of everything and we’ll see if we can contribute to Alexis getting back on the pitch sooner.”

If the initial prognoses prove accurate then both Cazorla and Sánchez will miss Arsenal’s decisive Champions League encounter at Olympiakos next Wednesday. Arsenal need to better Olympiakos’ 3-2 win at the Emirates Stadium earlier this season in order to progress to the last 16.

Sanchez out 3-4 weeks, Cazorla out indefinitely

Sanchez out 3-4 weeks, Cazorla out indefinitely

Alexis sanchez injury against norwich

The Guardian is reporting the injuries to Alexis Sánchez and Santi Cazorla will keep both out of action for an extended spell for Arsenal this month.

For Sánchez, “intiial indications” have him out for three to four weeks with his hamstring injury as just 20 days separate today and Arsenal’s headlining clash against Manchester City at the Emirates, Dec. 21. Meanwhile, the scans are back for Cazorla and indicate there is indeed damage to his knee ligaments. No indication of how severe that damage is, though, so we’re still without a timetable for Santi’s return.

The report also notes that Laurent Koscielny’s hip wasn’t as badly injured as feared, and he might even be available to feature this weekend at the Emirates against Sunderland.

Arsenal were already preparing to face off against Olympiakos in eight days without either Sanchez or Cazorla, both of whom add to an already length injury list for Arsenal including Francis Coquelin who won’t be available for at least a few months.

Danny Welbeck Injury

Danny Welbeck Injury

Danny Welbeck injury

London- Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck is expected to be out until Christmas after having a knee operation.

Welbeck, 24, who had surgery last week on the injury sustained in April, has scored eight goals in his first 34 games for the Gunners.

Arsenal, who were linked with Karim Benzema, knew the extent of the problem before the transfer window closed but did not reinforce their attack. That means Olivier Giroud is their only recognised striker fit for selection.

Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez and Joel Campbell – who has not played for the Gunners since January – have experience of operating in that position, but are mainly used by Arsenal as wide players.

England international Welbeck, who joined from Manchester United in 2014, picked up the injury to his left knee after coming on as a substitute in Arsenal’s 0-0 home draw with Chelsea in late April.

“The injury to his cartilage did not respond as well as hoped and the decision was taken last week for him to undergo surgery,” said a statement.

Arsenal did explore the possibility of recruiting a new striker before Tuesday’s transfer deadline, but they ended the window with goalkeeper Petr Cech as their only signing.

They were the only club from the top five European leagues not to sign an outfield player during the summer. That led to the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust calling for an inquiry into the club’s transfer policy.

“No-one wants Arsenal to buy players just for the sake of it, but we do want to see the money being invested to make the club stronger,” it said in a statement.

Manager Arsene Wenger said: “Am I happy with the investment I make? Yes, every time. You have to find the players to invest in.”

Wenger questions Martial price
Meanwhile Manchester United’s £36m signing of French teenager Anthony Martial shows the lack of top quality players available to big clubs, says Wenger.

Martial, 19, joined the Red Devils from Monaco on transfer deadline day.

Wenger has been criticised for only adding one player – goalkeeper Cech – to his squad this summer.

But he told BeIn Sports: “The problem at the moment is finding the players that guarantee you are a better team.”

He added: “What happened last night with Monaco, who sold Martial to Manchester United for 80 million euros – Martial scored 11 goals in the French championship – that sums it up well.

“That means it’s not the money that’s missing at the moment, it’s not the desire of investment that is missing, it’s the number of players available who can strengthen the big clubs.”

Earlier this year, Arsenal director Philip Harris said the Gunners had the money to sign “anyone but Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi”.