Arsenal striker Theo Walcott is expected to miss Arsenal’s next three crucial games against Swansea City, Bayern Munich and Tottenham Hotspur having been ruled out for three weeks.
Walcott lasted only 14 minutes as a substitute in the Capital One Cup defeat to Sheffield Wednesday before suffering a calf strain after Arsenal manager Wenger and his staff had not ensured he was properly warmed up to replace Alex Oxlade-Chamberlian, who was forced off with a hamstring problem.
Walcott is expected to now miss three weeks, which would certainly rule him out of Arsenal’s important run of three games before the international break.
But Wenger appears to only have himself to blame and must now negotiate tough Premier League matches against Swansea on Saturday and Tottenham on Nov 8, as well as the vital Champions League trip to Munich, with Olivier Giroud as his main striker.
Walcott has scored six goals for Arsenal this season, as Wenger has shared the centre-forward duties between him and Giroud, who has also netted six times for the Gunners.
Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain have joined a growing Arsenal injury list that currently includes Aaron Ramsey, Danny Welbeck, Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta, David Ospina and Tomas Rosicky.