In Saturday’s FA Cup action between Arsenal and Tottenham, Theo Walcott was taken off on a stretcher. On Monday, the Gunners received bad news. Walcott tore his ACL and will be out for six months, according to USA Today Sports. As a result, he will miss out on helping England in the 2014 World Cup and Arsenal’s chances of winning the EPL title have taken a serious hit.
Arsenal was playing some solid soccer and currently sit at the top of the standings with 45 points. However, the table is tight with the top five teams separated by only seven points. As a result, each game’s result matters. With Walcott’s season-ending injury, Arsenal is doomed and won’t finish as EPL champions unless they can sign a big-name forward in January’s transfer window.
However, if that does not happen, Gunners fans will be disappointed. Arsenal will struggle to win key matches against top teams. If they struggle, it will be tough for them to not only finish first, but also finish in the top four. As a result, the pressure is on Arsenal to adjust to this injury news and make changes to their tactics.
Overall, this injury news is the worst that could have happened. Initial reports had Walcott out for only four weeks not six months. If Walcott was only out for four weeks, he could have returned and helped the Gunners to success this season. But the opposite occurred, and he is now out for the end of the season. Arsenal’s 2013-14 season was on the upswing and the team was starting to find quality wins against solid, high talented sides, but Monday’s news is crushing. Walcott is a talented, young forward who was doing great things for both Arsenal and England.
In the end, Walcott’s injury news is crushing. Can Arsenal still pull out big wins, or are their title hopes over with this news?
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