Evening, boys ‘n’ girls.
I don’t usually dedicate posts to news as it happens, but this one felt like something in need of reporting. I’m sure you’ve all heard the bloody awful news of the injury to Theo Walcott’s knee that will see him out for the rest of the season and quite probably the World Cup in Brazil.
It’s a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament to his left knee sustained during Saturday’s 2-0 win over Spurs, and it’s a terrible shame. Having just regained a starting place in the team and getting regularly amongst the goals, Theo’s season has been cut short just when it started to show signs of great promise. From an Arsenal perspective – I’m not all that concerned about England – it means we carry on our push for the title without a player capable of scoring very important goals. With the recent emergence of Serge Gnabry as an option, plus the imminent return from injury of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, it isn’t all doom and gloom, but it is certainly a huge blow.
Considering Bendtner and Giroud both remain injured, Theo’s injury will surely mean Arsene Wenger looks toward reinforcing now that the January transfer window is open. Speculation has been flowing steadily since the start of the year. Expect it to become a tidal-wave of mendacity and falsification in the next few weeks.
I have faith in Arsene Wenger, and I don’t doubt for a second he will move to bring in another option in the forward positions. Seasons can turn on moments like this. Robert Pires and Eduardo have both fallen victim to season-ending injuries at similar times during Arsenal’s past thrusts towards glory. Once the final outcome was positive, once it wasn’t. Let’s hope today’s news acts as galvanising force and the players push onwards with added determination.
That’s all from me. The comments await your thoughts below. How badly do you think Theo will be missed? Is there a player you see as an ideal replacement we could realistically sign in the next few weeks? Let me know your opinions.
As always; thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.