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Injury Stats Reveal Secret Behind ‘Historic‘ Arsenal and Manchester City Runs

Jurrien Timber leaving the field with the medical team

Manchester City and Arsenal have maintained better fitness levels compared to their Premier League rivals this season. The neck-and-neck title race has continued for months, with both sides suffering minimal injury issues.

Key Injury Stats Revealed on Manchester City and Arsenal

A Thrilling Title Race

Manchester City leapfrogged Arsenal from the Premier League’s top spot en route to winning the treble last season. As expected, the Gunners returned for another title push with a reinforced squad this term, but the Citizens have shown no desire to give up the trophy.

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On Tuesday, Pep Guardiola’s side defeated Tottenham 2-0 to reclaim the top spot. The “historic” race between City and Arsenal, which has been ongoing for several months, will finally come to a conclusion this weekend.

Both sides have maintained incredible consistency with their performances this season, each claiming 27 victories in 37 league games so far. New injury data suggest one reason why other teams haven’t been able to keep up with the main title contenders.

Adapting to a Brutal Schedule

Manchester City have played a total of 57 games so far this season, six more than Arsenal. However, despite their congested schedules, neither side has allowed fitness setbacks to significantly affect their results.

According to data from Premier Injuries (via Ben Dinnery), both teams have had the lowest injury incidence rates per 1000 minutes played this season. The Gunners have suffered 4.9 injuries for every 1000 minutes played, while City have picked up 5.2 knocks on average. Manchester United have had the worst campaign in this regard, registering an average of 10.3.

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Except for Jurrien Timber and Thomas Partey, Arteta’s squad have stayed clear of long-term injuries throughout the term. Partey made his return in early March, while Timber is pushing for a late comeback this weekend.

City’s most notable absentees were Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne, who both missed crucial parts of the campaign. However, thanks to excellent squad depth and Phil Foden’s wonderful run of form, their absence wasn’t felt as badly as initially feared.

Fitness Updates Ahead of EPL Final Day

Both De Bruyne and Ederson were subbed off during City’s crucial win over Tottenham in mid-week. The pair joined Nathan Ake, who also remains an injury doubt ahead of this weekend’s match against West Ham.

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Arsenal’s Timber hopes to end the season on a positive note by making his long-awaited return against Everton on Sunday. Bukayo Saka limped off the pitch against Manchester United, but Mikel Arteta expects him to “be fine” for his side’s last game of the season.


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