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Monday 06 January 2014

Arsenal blow as Walcott ruled out for rest of season

Forward ruptures anterior cruciate ligament during FA Cup victory over Spurs

Walcott had scored five goals in Arsenal's past nine Barclays Premier League matches

Arsenal have announced that Theo Walcott will miss the rest of the season after suffering knee damage during the 2-0 FA Cup defeat of Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

A club statement read: "After coming off injured in Saturday's 2-0 win against Tottenham Hotspur, the Club regrettably announces that Theo Walcott has sustained a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee.

"Theo will have surgery in London in the near future and is expected to be out for at least six months, therefore missing the remainder of the season and the World Cup in Brazil in the summer."

The 24-year-old winger had missed two months of the season from mid-September because of an abdominal  injury but had recovered to score five goals in Arsenal’s nine past Barclays Premier League matches. His latest injury is a blow to the Barclays Premier League leaders who confirmed last week that another forward, Nicklas Bendtner would be out for a month with ankle damage.

Arsenal's next match in the Barclays Premier League is away to Aston Villa on Monday night.

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Key Points

  • Arsenal announce that Theo Walcott will miss the rest of the season after rupturing a cruciate ligament
  • The 24-year-old forward injured his left knee during the FA Cup win over Spurs
  • His injury comes less than a week after fellow Arsenal forward Nicklas Bendtner was ruled for a month with ankle damage