The worst has happened as the sun sets on Theo Walcott’s season. The Arsenal and England forward sustained a knee injury against Tottenham and had been reported to be out for four weeks.
At that moment, that time frame was seen as rather steep considering the fact that he was beaming smiles as he was been stretchered off but hearing the official results of the scan, Arsenal would gladly take the initial four weeks touted earlier. The Arsenal attacker is now set to be out for at least six months as he will have to go under the knife to correct the anterior ligament that has been ruptured.
That is certainly a blow to Arsenal with regards to their title hopes and Champions League aspirations. With him on board, Wenger was undecided as to whether he will bring in another striker or give the Englishman the chance to impress in the center forward role but now with the crushing news, Wenger has no other choice but to delve into the market for a soothing replacement. Now, it isn’t a question of if Wenger will sign but one of who and when he will sign a new striker.
The other question popping up now is that of who will replace him on the right wing. The obvious options are Rosicky, Cazorla, Chamberlain and Gnabry. While the first two are matured and experienced players, the latter duo especially the young German would relish it as an opportunity to assert himself in the first team. Besides, the injury to Walcott brightens the chance of Rosicky reaching his threshold of twenty five matches for Arsenal this season.
It is sad that Walcott will be missing the rest of the season but what can we do other than to wish him speedy recovery?