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Peaking Arsenal forward Theo Walcott, who returned 21 goals and 14 assists in all competitions last season, will be out of action until at least the international break as the Englishman is due to have surgery on his abdomen.
While the operation, on-paper, seems serious, club manager Arsene Wenger has quelled fan fears by stating that he should not miss too many games. He is quoted by ESPN to have said: 'Theo will be out for a few weeks. He has developed some damage to his posterior abdominal wall. It's not a hernia, but it's a little structural problem in his abdomen.
'He will have the procedure in Germany on Wednesday and, because it's so minor, we can begin his rehab immediately. We are pleased it's being dealt with quickly and he shouldn't miss too many Arsenal matches. But he will miss the forthcoming international matches with England.'
The collective first-team absences of Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain leave a particularly pacy void in Wenger's XI, however, the Frenchman believes he has a ready replacement who is eager to step-up and one whom performed admirably during the club's recent 3-1 triumph over Stoke City.
On creative dribbler Serge Gnabry, Wenger explained to Arsenal Player that: 'Gnabry can play right or left or even behind the striker. He can even play as a striker. I believe against Stoke what I liked in his game is that he became better and better.
'He has the quality to be creative because he can dribble, he can run with the ball, he can be a good passer and he is a great finisher. On that front, once the confidence level [rises] he will be alright. His physical qualities, his technical qualities are at the requested level.'
Expect Gnabry to have a key role in the upcoming Capital One Cup third round encounter with West Bromwich Albion and perhaps a cameo role against Swansea City, Napoli or West Brom.
From one young Gunner to another as Jack Wilshere has become the centre of attention. Santi Cazorla has proclaimed the 21-year-old to be equal to some of Spain's current greats. As reported by Here Is The City earlier, Cazorla lauded 'spectacular' Wilshere and said: 'He can play to the level of the world class Spaniards'.
Former club great Dennis Bergkamp, meanwhile, has detailed his transfer to Arsenal and his delight during his time there in a book 'Stillness and Speed' which has been serialised by The Guardian.
And finally, members of the Twitter network have been prolific in their shopping of former Arsenal superstar striker Thierry Henry's latest goal celebration pose. The new craze, #Henrying, sees the charismatic Frenchman's pose shopped against iconic images, with a collection of the better ones embedded below.
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