You don’t hear Arsenal injuries mentioned much.

Pundits sit around their tables discussing why they think Arsenal had a slow start to the season and none of them think to mention that it might have had something to do with missing half their squad for half the season.

With just seven games left in the Premier League, Arsenal are the form team of 2015 but it has all come too late to mount a realistic title charge given the lead that Chelsea currently enjoy and, when it comes to the title, it’s another season of ‘what might have been’.

“If there were 15 (league) games to go, you would not complain,” Wenger said.

“We had a very slow start this season, when we had many important players out together, and we dropped too many points.

“We played six games in the Premier League and won two, after that you have a mountain to climb.

“For the title we need us to be perfect and Chelsea not to be perfect, so let’s focus on what we can master which means our own performance.

“But now you can see that when we have everybody back, we can compete and the number of points we have made shows we have the quality to fight at the top.”

Arsenal are finally able to call on almost every member of their squad after a season which has seen broken legs, dislocated shoulders and a myriad long-term muscle injuries keep players sidelined for three months at a time.

Even Abou Diaby is fit again.

What it does mean is that they have a great chance of finishing second and retaining the FA Cup, but they’ll have to wait until next year to have a proper go at the title – injuries allowing, of course.