Theo Walcott has emerged as a doubt for Saturday’s trip to Sunderland after a video emerged of Arsene Wenger telling fans the England international is “not well”.
The England international missed Tuesday night’s 2-0 EFL Cup fourth round clash against Reading which the Gunners won 2-0 thanks to an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain double.
After the match Arsenal Fan TV posted a video on Instagram of Wenger telling fans Walcott is “not well”. Although there is no confirmation of when the video was shot it is assumed it was following last night’s win.
Wenger’s words will prompt speculation that Walcott, who is Arsenal’s top scorer this season with eight goals already is now a doubt, for the trip north to face the Premier League’s bottom side
Should Walcott miss out it would indeed be a blow for Wenger’s side with the 27-year-old having been back to his very best so far this season, and seeming to thrive with having Alexis Sanchez in a central role.
However, Arsenal have plenty of options from which to replace Walcott and could be tempted to turn to Oxlade-Chamberlain after his match-winning heroics against Reading.
Wenger reserved plenty for praise for Oxlade-Chamberlain after the game, claiming he has grown in confidence and is ready to prove his quality in games now.
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Whether Walcott is fit or not for Saturday’s clash, Arsenal will be overwhelming favourites to win the game, particularly against a side that is yet to win a Premier League game this season and has conceded 16 goals in 9 matches.