There’s only one real item on the agenda today and that’s the unfortunate news that Theo Walcott has dislocated his shoulder while training for the English national team and faces up to three months on the sidelines. When it rains, it pours and all that.
Walcott’s injury is nothing short of a big blow for Arsenal for two reasons. One, it leaves us without one of our first-choice players for up to three months and two, it once again leaves are thin squad short of numbers for the weekend clash against Manchester City. With Cesc Fabregas suspended, Emmanuel Eboue still injured (to my knowledge) and now Walcott out it leaves the manager with quite a dilemma to find a winning midfield combination for Saturday’s game.
On one hand I think we’ve been unlucky here but on the other hand a bigger squad is able to deal with these situations. Just look at the way Chelsea and Manchester United have handled their injury problems in the early part of the season. And while I understand that we simply don’t have the finances to bolster our squad in the same way that these two clubs I can’t help but feel that if we had just one more established midfielder available then this situation wouldn’t be such a problem.
Perhaps Walcott’s injury will open up the door for someone like Aaron Ramsey or Jack Wilshere or even Carlos Vela to get a little run in the first team, which would be good for one of them on a personal level. But it’s not a great situation for a club that is desperately trying to keep pace at the top. Alas, I don’t want to go down that garden path again now so I’ll leave it there.
The only thing really left to say is ‘get well soon Theo’. I should also apologise for the lateness of the blog today, I’ve had pretty bad headache and only now have I felt anything like being able to sit down at a computer and write.
Anyway, back to bed. Have a decent morning if you can.
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