Arsenal winger Theo Walcott recovered from an injury to score for England on Wednesday night, but should an alarm over his knock cause Arsene Wenger to consider accelerating his plans for adding reinforcements?
The 24-year-old limped off the park during a training session on Monday, away on international duty prior to England’s clash with Scotland at Wembley on Wednesday.
Walcott was Arsenal’s top scorer last term with his tally of 21 goals and 16 assists for the North Londoners in all competitions and his untimely injury could have given boss Arsene Wenger a selection headache ahead of Saturday’s clash with Villa at the Emirates.
Fortunately he recovered, netting a first half goal for England against Scotland, and looks set to be fit for Arsenal's opener against Aston Villa.
But could the scare have given Arsenal an extra kick to get their transfer business moving?
The Gunners are still stuck in a deadlock with Liverpool over striker Luis Suarez with it looking unlikely that the Merseyside outfit will let the Uruguayan go for any less than their £50 million valuation, if at all.
Arsenal had previously been linked with Brazilian youngster Bernard who has now signed for Shakhtar Donetsk a week ago and they been understood to be chasing Clement Grenier of French side Lyon as well as Luis Gustavo of European champions Bayern Munich.
Those potential ‘interests’ would suggest that Wenger is looking to bring in one striker (as well as Yaya Sanogo who arrived on a free transfer from Auxerre in July), a defensive midfielder, and potentially an attacking midfielder or winger.
Either way, it’s looking unlikely that Wenger will be able (and or willing, perhaps) to bring in any big name signings before the start of the season, which, if you had told Arsenal fans that back in June, they’d have baulked (or cried, maybe) at even the suggestion.
The good news first and foremost is that Walcott is fit, but if the Gunners had more attacking options in the first place it might not have been such a worry...
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