Arsenal injury record: Danny Welbeck to add to 1,931 games missed by Gunners players in last eight seasons

Joe Hall and Chris Parmenter
Danny Welbeck
Welbeck has already missed 18 games for Arsenal through injury (Source: Getty)

Another week, another Arsenal player injured.


Absences of first team players have become such a common occurrence for the Arsenal fans to endure that scarcely an eyebrow was raised when striker Danny Welbeck was yesterday ruled out until the end of the year following knee surgery.

Read more: Blow for goal-shy Gunners as Welbeck ruled out for months

Welbeck's latest injury is the 234th to hit an Arsenal player in the last eight seasons - an average of 29.3 per Premier League campaign. No other top club has had more.

In total, a cumulative 1,931 games have been missed by crocked Arsenal players since the beginning of the 2008/2009 season - more than London rivals Chelsea (571) and Tottenham (1,004) put together.


Despite only being at Arsenal for a year, Welbeck had already missed 18 games for Arsene Wenger's side before his the length of his latest lay-off was confirmed.

Yet he is far from the most frequent visitor to the Arsenal physio room. The now-departed Abou Diaby tops the most-injured list in the period monitored, with 212 games missed. Jack Wilshere (122 games missed) is one of five current squad players in the top 10 alongside Kieran Gibbs (95 games missed), Theo Walcott (94 games), Aaron Ramsey (73 games) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (64 games).

INJURY RECORD
Since the beginning of the 2008/2009 season, Arsenal players have missed a total of 1,931 games through injury - more than any other club which has qualified for the Champions League in that period.

Such is the extent of Arsenal’s injury problems that their five most injured players since 2008 have missed more games than every single Chelsea player put together.

Cumulatively, Arsenal players have missed almost 2,000 games, while neither Chelsea nor Manchester City’s absences have reached 1,000.
TOTAL NUMBER OF GAMES MISSED THROUGH INJURIES IN THE LAST 5 YEARS
Arsenal's Missing Men
The 10 players who have missed the most games for Arsenal since the beginning of the 2009/2010 Premier League season.
Abou Diaby
Injuries
  • 03/10/2014 - 02/02/2015
    33 games
    (Thigh muscle strain)
  • 28/03/2013 - 25/08/2014
    4 games
    (Unknown injury)
  • 03/10/2014 - 20/04/2014
    61 games
    (Cruciate ligament rupture)
  • 23/02/2013 - 13/03/2013
    3 games
    (Calf problems)
  • 29/09/2012 - 04/01/2013
    22 games
    (Thigh muscle strain)
  • 28/04/2012 - 15/05/2012
    3 games
    (Calf problems)
  • 03/03/2012 - 20/03/2012
    3 games
    (N/A)
  • 27/11/2011 - 03/03/2012
    20 games
    (Muscular problems)
  • 11/07/2011 - 19/11/2011
    20 games
    (N/A)
  • 20/04/2011 - 22/05/2011
    6 games
    (Calf problems)
  • 29/12/2010 - 30/01/2011
    10 games
    (Strain)
  • 17/10/2010 - 18/12/2010
    15 games
    (Malleolar injury)
  • 11/09/2010 - 25/09/2010
    5 games
    (Malleolar injury)
  • 20/01/2010 - 10/02/2010
    6 games
    (Calf problems)
Total games missed: 203
Jack Wilshere
Injuries
  • 22/11/2014 - Present
    23 games
    (Malleolar injury)
  • 05/03/2014 - 01/05/2014
    11 games
    (Unknown injury)
  • 02/03/2014 - 15/04/2014
    9 games
    (Unknown injury)
  • 02/11/2013 - 08/11/2013
    2 games
    (Sprained Ankle)
  • 11/03/2013 - 10/04/2013
    4 games
    (Malleolar injury)
  • 22/05/2012 - 24/09/2012
    6 games
    (Knee-OP)
  • 01/02/2012 - 15/05/2012
    19 games
    (Fatigue Fracture)
  • 26/09/2011 - 31/01/2012
    25 games
    (Unknown injury)
  • 31/07/2011 - 25/09/2011
    10 games
    (Sprained Ankle)
  • 20/11/2009 - 02/12/2009
    4 games
    (Malleolar injury)
Total games missed: 113
Thomas Vermaelen
Injuries
  • 31/07/2014 - 31/08/2014
    8 games
    (Thigh Muscle Strain)
  • 10/05/2014 - 15/05/2014
    1 game
    (Knee injury)
  • 04/01/2014 - 28/02/2014
    11 games
    (Knee Problems)
  • 11/07/2013 - 11/09/2013
    5 games
    (Fatigue Fracture)
  • 31/01/2013 - 15/02/2013
    2 games
    (Malleolar injury)
  • 23/01/2013 - 29/01/2013
    2 games
    (Malleolar injury)
  • 20/09/2012 - 28/09/2012
    2 games
    (Cold)
  • 31/12/2011 - 22/01/2012
    5 games
    (Strain)
  • 05/09/2011 - 25/10/2011
    11 games
    (Achilles tendon surgery)
  • 07/09/2010 - 28/04/2011
    51 games
    (Achilles tendon problems)
  • 16/04/2010 - 10/05/2010
    4 games
    (Calf Problems)
Total games missed: 102
Kieran Gibbs
Injuries
  • 17/08/2014 - 02/09/2014
    4 games
    (Unknown injury)
  • 30/12/2013 - 13/01/2014
    3 games
    (Calf Problems)
  • 02/11/2013 - 05/11/2013
    1 game
    (Calf Problems)
  • 30/01/2013 - 11/03/2013
    7 games
    (Thigh Muscle Strain)
  • 06/10/2012 - 24/11/2012
    11 games
    (Unknown injury)
  • 17/11/2011 - 01/02/2012
    17 games
    (Operation)
  • 16/10/2011 - 16/11/2011
    7 games
    (Strained Abdominal Muscle)
  • 16/08/2011 - 28/08/2011
    4 games
    (Strain)
  • 08/12/2010 - 04/01/2011
    5 games
    (Malleolar injury)
  • 28/09/2010 - 16/10/2010
    3 games
    (Calf Problems)
  • 24/11/2009 - 01/05/2010
    33 games
    (Metatarsal fracture)
Total games missed: 95
Theo Walcott
Injuries
  • 19/11/2014 - 18/12/2014
    7 games
    (Groin strain)
  • 06/01/2014 - 15/10/2014
    38 games
    (Cruciate Ligament Rupture)
  • 22/09/2013 - 21/11/2013
    12 games
    (Unknown injury)
  • 01/12/2012 - 15/12/2012
    4 games
    (Calf problems)
  • 17/11/2012 - 28/11/2012
    4 games
    (Unknown injury)
  • 10/11/2012 - 17/11/2012
    2 games
    (Muscle Injury)
  • 12/10/2012 - 25/10/2012
    2 games
    (Unknown injury)
  • 21/04/2012 - 12/05/2012
    3 games
    (Strain)
  • 23/02/2011 - 02/04/2011
    8 games
    (Sprained Ankle)
  • 08/09/2010 - 16/10/2010
    8 games
    (Malleolar injury)
  • 22/08/2009 - 12/09/2009
    4 games
    (Back trouble)
  • 13/08/2009 - 18/08/2009
    2 games
    (Back trouble)
Total games missed: 94
Lukasz Fabianski
Injuries
  • 14/04/2013 - 10/05/2013
    4 games
    (Fractured Rib)
  • 20/10/2012 - 22/01/2013
    23 games
    (Unknown injury)
  • 11/09/2012 - 19/10/2012
    7 games
    (Unknown injury)
  • 08/01/2011 - 23/05/2011
    28 games
    (Unknown injury)
  • 11/12/2010 - 27/12/2010
    2 games
    (Hip problems)
  • 20/11/2009 - 29/11/2009
    3 games
    (Unknown injury)
  • 12/08/2009 - 12/10/2009
    12 games
    (Knee Problems)
Total games missed: 79
Aaron Ramsey
Injuries
  • 12/02/2015 - Present
    ?
    (Hamstring Injury)
  • 09/12/2014 - 11/01/2015
    8 games
    (Hamstring Injury)
  • 27/09/2014 - 18/10/2014
    4 games
    (Hamstring Injury)
  • 26/12/2013 - 02/04/2014
    21 games
    (Thigh Muscle Strain)
  • 25/02/2012 - 12/03/2012
    4 games
    (Malleolar injury)
  • 05/02/2012 - 09/02/2012
    0 games
    (Calf Problems)
  • 27/02/2010 - 06/11/2010
    30 games
    (Unknown injury)
Total games missed: 68
Johan Djourou
Injuries
  • 19/04/2014 - 30/04/2014
    4 games
    (Abductor muscle tear)
  • 29/02/2012 - 05/03/2012
    1 games
    (Unknown injury)
  • 18/12/2011 - 27/12/2011
    3 games
    (Groin strain)
  • 12/03/2011 - 17/04/2011
    5 games
    (Unknown injury)
  • 12/08/2009 - 03/04/2010
    49 games
    (Knee-Op)
Total games missed: 62
Mikel Arteta
Injuries
  • 15/01/2015 - 15/04/2015
    14 games
    (Unknown injury)
  • 26/11/2014 - 14/01/2015
    12 games
    (Calf Problems)
  • 06/11/2014 - 20/11/2014
    1 game
    (Thigh Muscle Strain)
  • 29/09/2012 - 04/01/2013
    22 games
    (Thigh muscle strain)
  • 27/09/2014 - 06/10/2014
    3 games
    (Calf problems)
  • 20/08/2014 - 10/09/2014
    3 games
    (Malleolar injury)
  • 10/08/2013 - 20/09/2013
    7 games
    (Hamstring Injury)
  • 10/01/2013 - 01/02/2013
    6 games
    (Calf Injury)
  • 16/04/2012 - 15/05/20123
    5 games
    (Ligament Injury)
  • 03/03/2012 - 12/03/2012
    3 games
    (Concussion)
  • 13/01/2012 - 29/01/2012
    3 games
    (Calf Problems)
Total games missed: 57
Emmanuel Frimpong
Injuries
  • 06/02/2012 - 17/09/2012
    40 games
    (Cruciate Ligament Rupture)
  • 18/08/2010 - 01/03/2011
    15 games
    (Cruciate Ligament Rupture)
Total games missed: 55

All data courtesy of transfermarkt.co.uk

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