Stats: Injuries cost Arsenal £12.9million and a league place in 2017/18

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Would you believe it!

Arsenal didn’t have the best luck with injuries last season and the latest statistics suggest that the Gunners would’ve finished 5th had it not been for so many.

Injuries cost Arsenal 12.9 million last season, as the club’s highly paid stars missed vital games that could have cost the club the league title.

Santi Cazorla’s absence alone is said to have cost the club more than £3million.

A new tool from FreeSuperTips analyses official 2017-18 Premier League data and reveals the dirtiest team and players, as well as those who were unluckiest with injuries – and the impact that this had on each club..

West Ham were among the unluckiest teams when it came to injuries, with their injury bill totalling a whopping £12.6 million. The calculator reveals that they would have finished ten league places higher and been in the Champions League next season, if not for injury.

The True Cost of Injury and Ill Discipline allows users to compare injury statistics for all Premier League clubs last season, including the total number of games missed, the average score when a team’s top scorer is injured, the cost to the club in paying injured players, and their estimated league position with no injuries.

Tottenham once again had Harry Kane to thank as they finished in the top three for a third successive year, but the calculator shows Spurs would have slid to sixth position and missed out on a vital Champions League spot if other teams’ top scorers were healthier. North London rivals Arsenal were less fortunate, with Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla alone costing the Gunners an eye-watering £5.9 million through absence.

The tool also examines disciplinary records, totalling up every single foul, yellow and red card throughout the season and creating a weighted ranking which reveals which team were the dirtiest, which players committed the most offences and how the table might have looked with better discipline.

Leicester’s Wilfred Ndidi was the dirtiest player, racking up a massive 60 fouls and being one of only two men to receive two red cards during the campaign. Stoke’s poor discipline ultimately got them relegated, as the Potters would have finished 17th with a better record, while Huddersfield would have dropped back down to the Championship with more cards.

The data reveals just how much poor discipline can affect the league table come May, with seemingly innocuous yellow cards soon racking up. Likewise, with the transfer season in full flow, managers might be slightly more reluctant to gamble on an injury-prone player, considering the potential cost of wages and league points.

Most Injured Premier League Players (cost) 2017-18

Name Team Name Games Missed Cost To Team
Santi Cazorla Arsenal 34 £3.1m
David Luiz Chelsea 24 £2.9m
Mesut Özil Arsenal 8 £2.8m
Sergio Agüero Manchester City 12 £2.6m
Connor Wickham Crystal Palace 34 £2.0m
Nathaniel Clyne Liverpool 29 £2.0m
Benjamin Mendy Manchester City 24 £1.9m
Wilfried Bony Swansea 21 £1.9m
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Manchester United 15 £1.9m
Vincent Kompany Manchester City 15 £1.8m
Paul Pogba Manchester United 6 £1.7m
Marouane Fellaini Manchester United 19 £1.5m
James McCarthy Everton 29 £1.5m
Andy Carroll West Ham 16 £1.4m
Michail Antonio West Ham 20 £1.4m
John Stones Manchester City 14 £1.4m
Mamadou Sakho Crystal Palace 13 £1.3m
Winston Reid West Ham 18 £1.3m
Toby Alderweireld Tottenham 16 £1.2m
Yannick Bolasie Everton 16 £1.2m

Most Injured Premier League Teams (cost) 2017-18

Team Name Games Missed Cost To Team
Manchester United 142 £13.0m
Arsenal 143 £12.9m
West Ham 209 £12.6m
Crystal Palace 218 £12.0m
Everton 216 £11.5m
Manchester City 107 £11.4m
Liverpool 163 £10.6m
Chelsea 100 £9.3m
Watford 235 £7.1m
Tottenham 111 £6.3m
West Bromwich Albion 152 £6.0m
Swansea 134 £5.8m
Bournemouth 156 £5.3m
Leicester 109 £5.1m
Burnley 157 £4.7m
Stoke 158 £4.4m
Southampton 68 £3.9m
Newcastle United 105 £3.9m
Huddersfield 158 £3.2m
Brighton 90 £2.2m