Arsenal F.C. Manager Arsene Wenger has seen his side slammed by a plague of injures this Premier League season. As a result, the storied North London club Wenger has piloted since 1996 appears in danger of ending its streak of 16 straight years qualifying for the UEFA Champions League.
But Wenger has a theory about why Arsenal F.C. faces this dire position. In his considered opinion, too many players take hair loss treatment medicine — as well as other legal supplements that they aren’t telling the team about, but which could, he days, slow their recovery time from injury and affect their endurance on the pitch.
Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott, Mesut Özil, Jack Wilshere and defender Laurent Koscielny have all been sidelined with injuries, effectively decimating the Arsenal F.C. team sheet and leaving Wenger with restricted choices for selection as he attempts to steer his team to at least a fourth-place Premier League finish.
“Some of them are down to the medication that the players take that you don’t even know about,” Wenger said Friday, explaining why he last month ordered a team investigation into the causes of the Arsenal F.C. injury outbreak. “Then you realize afterwards that they took this medication but that’s not prudent.”
Asked what type of medication he is specifically referring to, the Arsenal F.C. manager named treatments for male pattern baldness as a possible culprit.
“If you lose your hair and you’ve taken something to make your hair grow, it might not be good, especially for the rest of your body,” Wenger explained. “Medication always pushes a part of your body and is sometimes detrimental to other parts of your body.”
Some medications place a burden on liver functions, he said, meaning, “toxins don’t leave the body as quickly as they should and they (i.e. players) get tired.”
Whether it was due to Rogaine overdoses or something else, Arsenal F.C. took a one-sided 3-0 beating at Everton Sunday, as upstart Toffees manager Roberto Martinez consistently outmaneuvered Wenger and his Arsenal F.C. side, while Arsenal players often appeared listless.
The result left Arsenal just one point ahead of Everton, clinging to fourth place — while Everton has a game in hand with six games left to play compared to five for Arsenal.
If Everton is able to overtake the struggling Arsenal F.C., for fourth place, it would mark the Merseyside club’s first Champions League appearance — though they would need to first get through a playoff to enter the group stage.
But finishing out of the top four for Arsenal F.C. would mean that the Gunners would be absent from the UEFA Champions League for the first time since the 1997/98 campaign.