Walcott fitness doubts cause unneeded headaches for Arsenal and England fans
Arsenal have had one of their quietest transfer windows for a long time with the club having only bought 1 player so far in the past 6 weeks.
Having sold 10 of their fringe players as well over the last month or so, it has meant that Arsene Wenger core first team line-up needs to avoid getting any injuries or suspensions wherever possible.
However, the club could be set to be without last season’s top scorer Theo Walcott who picked up a knock whilst training with the England squad on Monday.
The striker hurt his ankle during the training session and was unable to finish training with the squad for the rest of the day.
It has meant that the 24 year old could be set to miss out on Wednesday’s friendly with Scotland and The Gunners opening game against Aston Villa on Saturday.
Despite needing to be helped from the pitch on Monday, England boss Roy Hodgson has underlined that Walcott could still play a role in the friendly on Wednesday night. In a statement to the press, Hodgson stated: “Theo took a slight knock at the end of training, but we believe he’ll be okay. He’s very much still in contention.”
The news will certainly not come as pleasant news to Arsenal supporters who have already voiced concerns about the lack of depth in the squad.
Many fans booed and jeered Arsenal during their rather underwhelming performances against Napoli and Galatasaray during last week’s Emirates Cup over the issue.
If Walcott was to miss the game against Villa on Saturday, it would only leave Wenger with Olivier Giroud, Lukas Podolski and Nicklas Bendtner as the only experienced first team strikers.
With the England international having netted 14 goals last season, many people have thought that Walcott could very well play a key role in how successful Arsenal’s can be over the coming months.
Walcott isn’t the only injury concern going into their opening match of the season on Saturday as Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey has also picked up an ankle injury.
Ramsey’s injury is thought to have stemmed from the Gunners 3-1 friendly win over Man City in which the central midfielder had been the focus of some hefty challenges throughout the game.
With a couple of main squad members potentially being left on the sidelines over the next week or so, Wenger will be hoping that his first team players can get through the midweek international friendlies on Wednesday without a hitch otherwise Saturday could be very uncomfortable for anyone involved with Arsenal.