Arsenal striker Theo Walcott has been ruled out for the rest of the season through injury.
Just as good news filtered through that the FA have cleared Walcott of any wrong-doing following his hand gestures to the Tottenham supporters, Arsenal were left cursing their luck following bad news regarding the same player.
According to the Arsenal press, Theo Walcott has sustained a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee following the injury sustained during Arsenal’s 2-0 FA Cup victory over Tottenham Hotspur
Having missed two months of the current campaign through an abdominal strain, Theo Walcott must have thought that his injuries were behind him as the forward played brilliantly through December.
Scoring goals against Manchester City, West Ham United and Cardiff City, the striker took his tally to five goals in just eight Premier League games since his return in late November including a further four assists.
It’s a bitter blow for all concerned, as the England international is all but certain to miss not only the rest of the season but England’s world cup bid in Brazil.
The impact it has on the Gunners during the January transfer window could be huge. With the likes of Nicklas Bendtner and Olivier Giroud ruled out through injuries, the recently returned Lukas Podolski remains the only player fit enough to play the striker’s role through the middle.
Arsene Wenger may now be pushed into a buying a new striker more than ever. Who the Gunners go for is anybody’s guess, with Atletico Madrid ruling out the sale of Diego Costa, former target Christian Benteke’s agent dismissing a January exit, Berbatov being ruled-out and Mario Baloteli seemingly a non-starter.
However one thing is for certain, due to Arsenal’s know precarious situation, teams will all know of their striking desperation and hike the prices up of potential targets.
How big a miss will Walcott be to both Arsenal and England over the next six months?