England International Theo Walcott (below) will miss Arsenal’s Champions League clash with Fenerbahce on Wednesday, but Gunners manager Arsene Wenger is optimistic that the winger will be recover from a shoulder injury suffered against Stoke City on Saturday in time to face Premier League Champions Manchester United on Saturday at the Emirates Stadium.
Striker Emmanuel Adebayor will also miss the Champions League tie with the Turkish side, but unlike Walcott the Togolese International is a major doubt for the crunch game with United after limping off in the defeat to the Potters at the Britannia Stadium last Saturday, with an ankle problem.
Wenger feared at first that former Southampton player Walcott had dislocated his shoulder, which has had an operation in the past to cure a hereditary condition that had weakened ligaments in Walcott’s arm. However, it appears that the 19-year-old suffered nothing more than a spasm in the shoulder and that the previous surgery actually prevented a more serious injury.
The North London club will now assess Walcott on a daily basis before deciding whether to play him against the Red Devils in a must win Premiership game for Arsenal, with Walcott expected to be fit in time to face United.
Meanwhile, another Arsenal player to pick up a knock against Stoke, defender Bacary Sagna is expected to be fit in time for both the game against Fenerbahce and the weekend crunch match against Man United.