Arsenal’s injury woes continue over the weekend as Theo Walcott was unavailable for selection despite many tipping him for a return after the international break. The England international picked up a calf strain in a Capital One Cup fourth round clash against Sheffield Wednesday last month, after having come on to replace an injured Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. He was initially ruled out for 3 weeks and predicted to look set to be ready to face West Brom this past weekend, however the coach revealed prior to the game that the 26 year-old will sit out of action for 1 to 2 weeks’ more.
He had already missed out in the games against Swansea City and Everton, sitting out in the Derby draw against Tottenham Hotspur and also in the away defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich. His unavailability for selection against West Brom made it 5 games he has missed already. Walcott will return before Chamberlain and Ramsey, both also set to spend more weeks on the sidelines. Wenger’s concerns for his players’ fitness hit the rocks again on weekend as the defensive midfield duo of Coquelin and Arteta picked up serious injuries over the weekend too.
With lack of quality replacements in the defensive midfield and striking departments, the Gunners’ title chances might suffer huge blows this term. Giroud is the only frontman available for selection, as Sanchez’s lack of proper pre-season rest seems to be having a toll on him. Arsenal lost the game against West Brom 1 – 2, and have dropped to 4th position on the log as a result. Wenger will hope Theo Walcott returns to full fitness soon and hit the ground running to provide him with quality options upfront.