Arsene Wenger has been left in a state of confusion as he awaits the final report of one of the club’s top earners situation. A result that might the Frenchman to further dip hands in his pocket when the January transfer window opens in the coming weeks.
More trouble appears to be beaming for Arsenal on the injury front as Theo Walcott is in a battle to avoid undergoing a second surgery within a space of 12 months according to Mirror.
Walcott has continued to bear a groin strain sustained while on the duty with the Three Lions during last month’s round of Euro qualifiers and International friendlies. Invited at the time when he had only just began to get used to football again, Walcott did not suffer a setback on the cruciate ligament injury that had kept him out for four months but has not been able to participate in any of the four 5 Arsenal games played from the home defeat to Manchester United.
Wenger is now hoping that the 25-year old will not be needed to surrender blades and needles, the expectation being that he will return within the next seven days.
It’s been a tough year for Theo, who has barely managed a little over an hour of football spread across three matches – the FA Cup third round tie with Spurs in January and two substitute appearances against Burnely and Swansea this season. Walcott, who is already one of the top earners at the club, is expected to being negotiations with the club over a new deal, to keep him as one of the pillars of a strong squad for the future.
Theo’s unfortunate injury sequence has been a sub-plot in the part played by injuries in crippling our season. A team that has already lost key figures such as Wilshere, Arteta, Ozil and Ospina, another long-term absence will surely begin to frustrate everyone involved, especially the manager. Wenger has had to oversee very many long-term injuries to most of his priced assets, and appears incapacitated with respect to fixing the problem from its root cause.
His return from the ten-month lay-off had been seen as the catalyst to lead us on a forward charge, even if the major ingredients needed for him to flourish according to the way we’ve envisaged it have also had to be crocked, vis-à-vis Mesut Ozil. Both have not had enough time to collaborate on the field and it continues to be a limiting factor to Arsenal’s capacity to hit full potential over the past season.
Walcott has made the right-forward role his exclusive right, his pace and ability to swing in crosses the key assets. Though not an out-and-out striker, he has managed to notch up an impressive tally of goals over the past few seasons, finishing as top scorer in the 2012/2013 season, before two long term injuries last season reduced his output to 6 goals in 17 appearances in all competitions, five of which were in just 9 League starts.
He provides a very potent goal threat for the team, with more balance in terms of width. His ability to track back gives our full back on the right a more natural assistance for the defensive duties, and with tough fixtures to come during this period, we could do with him not needing that surgery.
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