Arsene Wenger may have to call 17-year old Chuba Akpom into the first team for Arsenal’s Premier League trip to face Sunderland on Saturday, because the new signing Yaya Sanogo picked up a back injury in the game against Kazakhstan last week. The 21-year old striker has returned to the club for treatment and it is not very serious, according to a report in the Mirror.
However, on top of the hamstring problem keeping Lukas Podolski out until December, it leaves the Gunners seriously depleted in attack. The problems will turn into a crisis if Theo Walcott cannot shake off the knock he took in England’s draw away to Ukraine last night. I’m hopeful that he will be alright by Saturday, because he did play on for nearly half an hour after Kucher had cynically raked his studs down the back of Theo’s leg, but we will not know for sure until nearer the game.
According to Physioroom.com, the England international has an ankle/foot injury. The site gives no return date, but that is often the case and probably just means that we are waiting for a scan to confirm there is no real damage.
The problem is, however, if Theo cannot play on Saturday. Not only does that leave Arsene Wenger no options but the reserves at centre forward, it begs the question, who would replace Theo on the right? Gnabry? Maybe if Ryo Miyaichi plays on the left, Cazorla could play on the right. Or Park? We are not exactly overflowing with options, so come on Theo, get that magic sponge out.