Arsenal FC manager Arsene Wenger has accepted that Theo Walcott’s injury could possibly affect the club’s plan for this transfer window.
Arsenal are heading into the fixture against Aston Villa on the back of a memorable FA Cup win over London rivals Tottenham Hotspur. But that win came at a big price as Theo Walcott was stretchered off the field after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament. The England winger has now been ruled out for a minimum of six months and this could yet prove to be a big blow to Arsenal’s title challenge.
The Gunners are short in numbers upfront and Olivier Giroud is already feeling the effect of shouldering all the responsibilities alone. Bendtner has also faced fitness concerns since his return, while Yaya Sanogo has remained at the side-lines since his arrival in the summer. Podolski and Walcott were the only options that Wenger had as a back-up plan for Giroud and with the England international ruled out for the remaining of the season, the Frenchman might be forced to spend in the winter transfer market.
Arsene Wenger has accepted that Walcott’s injury has accelerated his “desire” to add to the squad in this window.
“[Walcott’s injury] has accelerated speculation first and of course my desire as well – but let’s not forget about Serge Gnabry who can play in the first team.
“We have Oxlade-Chamberlain back and we have many other players who can play on the flanks so to find better solutions than what we have internally will not be easy.
“Up front we lose Theo as a potential central forward and that’s maybe where we have to look outside. But we hopefully have Bendtner back in three weeks. We are there for the opportunities but it’s very difficult at the moment.” – The Arsenal manager said.
Wenger was also full of praise for German youngster Serge Gnabry, who has showed glimpses of his potential every time he has received the opportunity.
“I integrated him [Gnabry] into the first team a long time ago because I see that the qualities are there.
“He looked to have problems with injuries last season but he was already very influential in the NextGen Series and this season he has grown. He’s only 18 years of age and what he shows is encouraging.” – Wenger added.