Walcott ruled out of World Cup

Arsenal and England have been dealt a huge injury blow, with news that Theo Walcott will be out for at least six months, the Express understands.

The 24 year old was stretchered off towards the end of the Gunners’ 2-0 FA Cup third round victory over rivals Tottenham Hotspur, with initial reports suggesting that he would be out for up to four weeks.

However, the club last night announced that the forward will require surgery that will see him miss the remainder of the season and the World Cup finals in Brazil this summer.

Thankfully for the Gunners, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is set to return to action this week in an U21 match against Fulham, though Walcott’s protracted absence will surely force manager Arsene Wenger into the transfer market.

Two players who don’t look likely to be moving to the Emirates this month are Juventus duo Paul Pogba and Andrea Pirlo, with the Serie A champions warning potential suitors off their star players, according to the Express.

Arsenal were one of a number of Premier League clubs linked with both players, though they will have to look elsewhere if they are to boost their attacking options for the remainder of the season.

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