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Wenger considers Theo Walcott replacement

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Arsenal medical staff guard against missiles thrown by Spurs fans as they stretcher Walcott off the pitch. Walcott has been ruled out for the rest of the season. Photo by AFP  

By Agencies

Posted  Saturday, January 11   2014 at  02:00

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Arsenal manager also reveals Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud and Kieran Gibbs could return from injury to play against Aston Villa on Monday. Villa defeated Arsenal on the season’s opening day.

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London- Theo Walcott’s six-month injury lay-off has increased the likelihood of Arsenal signing a forward in January, according to manager Arsene Wenger. “It has accelerated speculation first and of course my desire as well,” said Wenger of Walcott’s injury. “Up front we lose Theo as a potential central forward and that’s maybe where we have to look outside.” Arsenal have been linked with January moves for Porto’s Jackson Martinez and Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata.

The Gunners are short of options up front - the unwell Olivier Giroud missed the 2-0 FA Cup win over Tottenham in which Walcott ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament and Nicklas Bendtner is out with an ankle injury. Wenger is confident that Walcott will return to full fitness next season but admitted he is looking at other attacking options in the meantime.

“Theo is handling it as well as you can when you have had such a shock because he’s mentally strong,” added Wenger. “He’s very balanced as a person and he can put it into perspective. “We know that he will have the dedication and the serious attitude to come back as strong as ever.
“We have Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain back and we have many other players who can play on the flanks, so to find better solutions than we have internally will not be easy.”

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