It has been reported by several media outlets including a word from the England training camp, that Arsenal star striker Theo Walcott has picked up a slight knock in training. Walcott has now added to the list that states Ramsey will miss the Welsh national team’s match and with Wilshere too struggling for fitness, these internationals right before the beginning of the season aren’t looking promising.
Just yesterday I wrote an article regarding Wenger’s statement over Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere. He said he was happy to allow Wilshere to link up with the England national side after unfortunately having to miss out on the international side for a few years with injury concerns. However it’s clear to me that Wenger too is slightly concerned about Wilshere’s fitness because otherwise I see little reason to publicly state his thoughts on him training with England.
Back to the fellow two Gunner’s that are injured at the moment and although both are in great form at the moment, Walcott is the player causing the most concern. Roy Hodgson describes the injury as “just a slight knock”, however we have all heard that before and the realistic thoughts are that he won’t be able to play for England this week against Scotland. Furthermore, it has led to many doubting he will be fit for the start of the season on Saturday against Aston Villa.
It will be a particular worry to Arsenal fans because although in previous years Walcott may not have been crucial to an Arsenal side, last year he proved his quality and he looks set to continue well into this season as well. Bearing in mind how thin the squad is already both Ramsey and Walcott’s potential injuries mean Wenger may have to reshuffle his team right around for the opening game of the season.
To end on perhaps a more wishful note to a rather annoying subject of injures, could Walcott and Ramsey really be out? Or has Wenger recognised their fantastic form in pre-season and told them to be a bit wary ahead of these international games. Unlikely but also totally plausible. Manager’s of top football clubs featuring lots of international players, hate nothing more than knowing their players have been injured in game that they weren’t even in control of.