Personally I think there are quite a few reasons for our injuries. Firstly we have a few injury prone players such as Tomas Rosicky, secondly we are not the biggest size wise and thirdly because of the fast passing football we play we are liable to being nailed by late tackles, both RVP and Gibbs were done by bad tackles for example. There is also that thing called lady luck and we haven't had much of that in the past few seasons. Having said that several other clubs such as Manu are struggling with quite a few injuries, maybe the increasingly congested fixture list is partly to blame.
The injury list is impressive, it includes RVP, Bendtner, Djourou, Eboue, Rosicky, Diaby, Eduardo, Gallas, Clichy, Gibbs and Traore. However quite a few of these players are not far away from returning to action, Diaby, Eboue, Gallas, Eduardo and Traore have only minor problems, while Bendtner and Clichy are not a long way off. The problem is that when you have a few injuries, the problem can exponentiate as those players who are fit get too much game time and then themselves get injured.
I agree with all the Arsenal opinion out there that says we should play a very weak side in Greece. There is no point risking anyone key for this meaningless game. Gooner Talk isn't far off with their guess at the line up, it's more of a case of who shouldn't play than who should. Sunday's game against Liverpool at Anfield is massive. Liverpool aren't as many points off us as one might think and with Torres likely to return this will not be an easy game. Three points at Anfield would see us looking very dangerous at the top while nulle point would see us pulled back into the mix. Sunday is key.
ps the club have announced the squad for Wednesday's game and it is very youthful indeed as predicted: Carlos Vela Theo Walcott Aaron Ramsey Alex Song Mikael Silvestre Jack Wilshere Lukasz Fabianski Vito Mannone Fran Merida Kyle Bartley Francis Coquelin Thomas Cruise Craig Eastmond Jay Emmanuel-Thomas Kerrea Gilbert Luke Ayling Mark Randall Gilles Sunu. I would like to see a line up of:
Fabianski; Gilbert, Bartley, Silvestre, Cruise; Coquelin, Eastmond, Merida; Walcott, Vela, Wilshere.