Injuries can win or lose you a whole season.
From riding high to suddenly freefalling from contention, a crocked player in a key position can change fortunes rather suddenly.
And much like dropping a slice of buttered toast, it always seems to happen in the worst way.
Instead of landing on the dry side, your hot, buttery toast will invariably fall on your carpet on the buttered side, thus ruining your delicious snack. This is very much like our injury woes.
We are light on bodies right now at the back. And of course, when another player gets ruled out - this time Hector Bellerin - it had to be a defender.
The Spaniard is the latest defender to be ruled out, and that means that at one point or another this season, we have had every single one of our men at the back ruled out through injury.
We have an embarrassment of riches up top, we are well stocked in the centre. We are actually OK for defenders, but with Konstandinos Mavropanos, Sokratis, Rob Holding, Sead Kolasinac and now Hector Bellerin, and with three of our fit defenders over the age of 31, the festive fixture congestion couldn’t have come at a worse time.
Rotation is a must, and Mohamed Elneny will be among the names in contention, as well as our youngsters. Zach Medley hs been involved in the first team squad lately, and he could feature a lot heavier than anticipated, with a game every three days.
Another that could come in is Carl Jenkinson. The forgotten defender has stayed patient despite the death knell being called on his Gunners career, and he may well have ample opportunity to prove he is worth a squad place in the future too.
What is important is that we stay in contention, and our squad fills the gaps. Our defence is on its knees right now, and we need every man to stand up and be counted.
We can’t afford to drop points, never mind buttered toast.