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Proof Arsenal WERE unlucky with injuries but they weren’t the only ones

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Arsenal may have won the FA Cup to finally end their trophy drought, but the entire club and its fanbase will be disappointed that another strong start to a league campaign ended with a woeful falling away from the title race, eventually won by Manchester City.

Excuses were made, and that old chestnut resurfaced - the injury crisis.

To be honest, even some Gunners fans were sick of the usual excuses being made as to why they could not remain top of the table for their first domestic double since 2002, but some fascinating research from PhysioRoom.com shows that the North Londoners really did have it rough in 2013/14.

Their first infographic is a league table (well, a league sponge) depicting the 20 Premier League sides from the season just finished and how many total days they lost to injury for a player:

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Arsenal are well out in front with 1716, ahead of rivals Tottenham on 1441. All of the top three, including Aston Villa (1426), had what could be regarded as disappointing league seasons compared to their hopes and expectations either at the start or during the season.

However, another chart shows that Arsenal were not the only club to have it rough, thus somewhat diluting the argument of Gooner apologists:

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PhysioRoom.com also provide an interesting breakdown of the biology of 2013/14 injuries:

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And if you want to baffle your friends down the pub, there's also some nifty trivia facts - for instance, did you know that Cardiff's Steven Caulker was the only man to play every minute of every game, while Crystal Palace goalkeeper Lewis Price had the worst luck with 'knocks' - those unspecified and ultimately not-too-serious injuries players pick up?

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