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Wenger reveals reason attacker missed Villa game – will he play for Arsenal again?
Arsene Wenger has confirmed that a minor hamstring injury kept Theo Walcott out of our final Premier League game against Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon.
Theo was a notable name missing from the squad that took on Villa in our final game of the season yesterday with the out-of-favour attacker not even named among the substitutes.
With Walcott’s future at the club in serious doubt, supporters speculated over the reason the 27-year-old was left out with many taking it as a sure sign he was off this summer.
Had Wenger just simply decided to leave him out of his 18-man squad? Had the pair been involved in some sort of bust-up in training? Had Theo refused to play because he wasn’t starting again? Those were the sort of theories doing the rounds on social media yesterday.
However, it seems the reason was far more straightforward as Wenger has confirmed that Walcott was in fact suffering from a minor hamstring injury so was forced to sit out our 4-0 win over the Villains.
Prior to Roy Hodgon announcing the England squad for Euro 2016, Wenger told Arsenal.com:
Theo has a little hamstring problem. He is sharp but not available. If he is selected tomorrow he is available for Euros.
Walcott has suffered injuries throughout the season so it is entirely possible a little niggle kept him out yesterday, however, fans are still speculating over the validity of this ‘injury’.
Many feel Arsene is telling us a little white lie to cover up the fact that Walcott was just not selected in the squad as he’ll be sold this summer.
Who knows, perhaps Theo did have a minor injury and didn’t want to risk playing, maybe he was just left out, but either way I think there is a strong chance he’ll be off over the coming weeks.
Walcott’s form has been awful since the turn of the year and he’s clearly fallen out-of-favour under Wenger as he hasn’t started a game since the end of February and has only been given fleeting substitute appearances in recent weeks.
A move might be the best thing for all parties as he’s gone stale at Arsenal and his confidence is at an all-time low, so maybe he needs to move on to resurrect his career elsewhere.