Medical insider: Arsenal approaching 'tipping point' after latest - 'this is out of control'
Arsenal are approaching a “tipping point” because of fixture cancellations and the complications thrown up by the winter World Cup.
That is the view of medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in injury and data analysis.
Arsenal announced last Friday (9 September) that their clash against Everton the following Sunday had been called off following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.
The Londoners were also due to play PSV Eindhoven on Thursday (15 September), but that match too has been postponed.
The Premier League will pause for the World Cup in Qatar in November before resuming on Boxing Day.
Dinnery explained that a jam-packed second half of the season is likely to take its toll on Arsenal.
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“It’s difficult because the season is very stop-start,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.
“You need to maintain those levels of fitness where you’re not overworking the players. One week you’re going to be playing three fixtures every eight days, then you have these breaks. It’s feast or famine.
“It’s that downtime when you really need to focus and manage the players.
“I think this season is going to throw up some really interesting insights in terms of data. We won’t fully understand the impact of schedule changes, congestion or the World Cup until June or July.
“It just feels like this is the latest carnation of a season that has been hit by factors outside the players and staff’s control.
“You have to commend the backroom team for their work so far, but at some point, there is going to be a tipping point. You cannot keep on getting through and managing players because it is going to catch up with you.
“Arsenal have recruited well but they are not blessed with a massive squad. They are a little bit stretched in terms of their availability.
“So, it’s great to get a chance to rest but at what cost does this come further down the line?”