It seems a long time ago now that we started to hear about the Arsenal and England forward Theo Walcott getting back into training. There were little videos released of him in the gym doing leg squats as long ago as June and then we kept getting very positive sounding reports on his road to recovery, from the club and from the player himself.
So was I the only one who did a double take on hearing Arsene Wenger’s recent injury update in a report by Arsenal.com? As he gave the squad news before the Southampton game, the manager calmly informed us that Theo and Serge Gnabry were due back in full training after the upcoming international break.
The Frenchman said, “Theo is doing very well, and Gnabry is doing very well too. They should be available after the international break for full training.”
Doing very well? I thought he was doing very well when Arsenal.com told us, back in early August, that the flying England international was due back at the end of August. Then this was pushed back a couple of weeks until after the September international break. Now it has been pushed back another five weeks with no explanation. Is anyone else getting a touch of Aaron Ramsey style Deja Vu here?
Just look at Falcao, who got a similar injury in the same month. He nearly made the World Cup, scored against us to deny Arsenal the Emirates Cup and is now happily playing for Man United. Arsenal were supposed to have overhauled the medical and fitness areas of the club, but is this a sign that the Gunners still have a BIG problem behind the scenes?