The England international was pulled out of the squad to face Stoke on Sunday just minutes before kick-off with a mysterious muscular abdominal injury,and was replaced by Serge Gnabry in the starting line up with Arsene Wenger failing to confirm when he would be fit to return after the match.
However Wenger has now confirmed that the 24 year old will need surgery on his abdomen which will rule him out of England’s crucial World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Ukraine at Wembley next month.
Speaking to Arsenal official website, Wenger 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.
Wenger has stated that Walcott will miss the upcoming international matches which means that he will likely miss out our next four games against West Brom (Cup), Swansea, Napoli and West Brom again in the league.
Arsenal did not need any further injury setbacks at this time point of time as they already have a lengthy list of stars on the treatment table which includes the likes of Lukas Podolski, Santi Cazorla, Tomas Rosicky, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Yaya Sanogo and Abou Diaby and has further exaggerated the injury worries.
The squad was already very thin and this injury will truly be a test for Wenger as he will now struggle to put up a competitive squad. Another major problem is that all the injuries have hit us in the same area and we’re now without 5 players who are capable of playing on the wings.
Although Gnabry impressed in his first start against Stoke City on Sunday, he is still too raw a talent for the Premier League and lacks the lightning pace of Theo Walcott. Against Stoke it was evident that Arsenal missed the pace of Englishman and he will be a huge loss for both the club and country alike.
If Arsenal can get through the next few weeks with out any injuries and get few players back, then we can really push forward to end our trophy drought.
What are your thoughts Gooners?