Smiling Theo Walcott faces six months out of action after tearing his ACL.
Theo Walcott's six month injury is international news given the global nature of football, but in Germany there is a particular interest.
Not only is it World Cup year, but Arsenal face Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in six weeks in the Champions League knockout rounds.
Walcott's pace means he is a player no side would welcomely face, including the German giants, and his absence is a huge boost for Pep Guardiola's men.
So it is little wonder the news of Walcott's injury is not exactly being reported with much sadness in Germany.
German newspaper Kicker write:
"Walcott grinned at the opposing fans as he left the field at the weekend with the score of 2-0.
"The laughter is likely to have gone from him. The knee injury is a bitter blow for the attacker. Not only with Arsenal, which leads the Premier League at the moment, but also with England.
"Walcott had big hopes this season. He had already missed time because of an abdominal injury two months since his return in November. Walcott scored five goals."
Harsh? Perhaps, but the last laugh could yet be on the Germans thanks to one of their own.
Walcott's injury will mean increased chances for winger Serge Gnabry, who already looks every bit the first team player in his brief appearances to date.
If the former Stuttgart man can make a name for himself in his homeland and have a telling impact next month, it will be the Germans who are no longer laughing, barring the now extensive Arsenal contingent of course.