Here are your Arsenal evening headlines for Tuesday, February 16.
An ‘unprecedented’ workload
Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey is currently on the sidelines again after sustaining a muscular injury.
football.london sought the expert opinion of Dr. Rajpal Brar, DPT to find out what exactly Partey’s injury problem consists of.
“Partey grabbed at the hamstring area prior to being subbed off and I actually commented on this. In terms of the hamstring injury, it can be a sensitive injury because of the load placed on it but sounds like a grade one injury,” he said.
He continued: “First, we have the shortened turnaround to this season which means less recovery time.
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“Secondly, a player transitioning to a new team and likely trying to make a good impression resulting in higher exertion & intensity. Thirdly, the player transitioning to a higher intensity league.
“Fourthly, once he picks up the first injury, now there’s an inherent risk for re-injury and fluctuating fitness levels which then increase that risk even further.”
Dr Brar added that this season’s workload is “unprecedented” due to a congested campaign.
Ozil’s first league start
Former Turkey midfielder Ridvan Dilmen has waxed lyrical about the work-rate former Arsenal man Mesut Ozil produced on his first league start for Fenerbahce on Saturday.
Although he didn’t score or claim an assist, he did manage 81 minutes before being replaced by Mert Haken Yandas, which is an impressive figure for a player who had not played for so long.
“I did not expect Mesut Ozil to do so much. It is not easy,” said Dilmen, as quoted by the Daily Mail.
“You play football for the first time after 10 months. A team was not built around Mesut, Mesut came to this team.
“I think the next season will be much better because his contract will be…