Cesc Fabregas voiced his sadness after Aaron Ramsey was struck down by a serious injury in Arsenal's 3-1 victory over Stoke.
The Welsh midfielder appeared to break his leg following a Ryan Shawcross challenge and had to be stretchered from the field after several minutes of medical attention.
It is the third time in recent history that an Arsenal player has suffered such an injury and Fabregas believes the Gunners have been victims of their reputation as a team that can be roughed up.
"In five years I've seen three of them, Abou (Diaby), Eduardo and now Aaron. What can I say? It's difficult," the Spaniard told Sky Sports 1.
"You could say we are not protected enough. We are sometimes victims. I'm not complaining, football is like that.
"There are things that are a little too much but three times in five years is a little bit too much."
The scoreline was 1-1 when the incident happened but Arsenal managed to secure all three points thanks to late goals from Fabregas and Thomas Vermaelen.
Fabregas added: "We learned from when it happened to Eduardo, we lost a lead that day.
"It's very difficult to stand up but we showed character and knew if we won today we still had a lot to say (in the title race)."