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Theo Walcott will miss rest of season and World Cup

Jan 6, 2014, 1:45 PM EDT

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The early reports that Theo Walcott would miss a few weeks of play are officially gross underestimations, as Arsenal says the speedy attacker will be out for six months with a ruptured ACL.

“He will have surgery in the near future and is expected to be out for at least six months, thus missing the rest of the season and the World Cup.”

The news is always hard to hear, but in a World Cup even non-Gooners can feel for the youngster. Walcott missed two months with an abdominal injury, but on the season had started 13 of his 14 matches, with five goals coming in his last five appearances. That includes braces against West Ham and Manchester City.

This is a serious blow to Arsenal’s title hopes, as even Gunner players like Mikel Arteta have lamented the club’s attacking options. Walcott was hurt battling for possession with Tottenham defender Danny Rose in Arsenal’s 2-0 derby win over Spurs in the FA Cup’s third round this weekend.

Walcott’s pace has always been a major part of his game, but his all-around form was becoming more dangerous in recent weeks. His free kick toward goal that Olivier Giroud headed in to beat Newcastle before the New Year was a brilliant piece of football.

Those looking for a smile despite the harsh news could probably find it in Subbuteo Art’s recreation of Walcott’s now infamous “2-0” gesture to visiting Spurs fans after his injury.

  1. mkbryant3 - Jan 6, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    Yep, we are now in the “Armas” zone, Steve.

    • mikeevergreen - Jan 6, 2014 at 2:42 PM

      I feel for this kid. However, he did get to go out taking down the next door neighbors, so while he knows what he has to do to get back on the field, he also knows he’s done plenty.

  2. unclemosesgreen - Jan 6, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    Terrible news, and he was in top form to boot. Arsenal can no longer pretend that they don’t need to buy another attacker.

  3. chunkala - Jan 6, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    Arsenal season probably over.

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