Only Manchester United spent more money than Arsenal on injured players in the first-half of the season, according to research by an insurance broker.
In total, JLT Specialty say Premier League clubs paid out £134.2m to injured players in the first half of the season.
Worryingly, around 10% of that total came from Arsenal alone:
Santi Cazorla is still yet to play a minute for the senior side this season, so his entire wage bill goes into this category.
Others like Aaron Ramsey and Shkodran Mustafi have spent well over a month on the sidelines.
Alexandre Lacazette’s absence is only going to ramp up Arsenal’s total, given his wages as a recent record signing.
United’s position at the top of the list is largely thanks to their massive wage bill.
They have only suffered around half the number of injuries compared to Arsenal.
Here is the full list of number of injuries per team:
1. West Ham
3. West Brom
6. Crystal Palace
10. Manchester United
12. Leicester City
13. Tottenham Hotspur
14. Swansea City
15. Stoke City
17. Manchester City
19. Newcastle United
The club need to identify the problem and resolve it, or they’ll always struggle to compete with the top teams.