Walcott’s ankle injury increases Wenger woes

ARSENAL’S already turbulent pre-season took another turn for the worse yesterday with the news that their England winger Theo Walcott looks certain to miss the start of the new campaign which is just 17 days away.

The 22-year-old was sent home from the club’s training camp in Germany with an ankle injury that will require “further investigation” and is sure to rule him out of this weekend’s Emirates Cup.

Wenger, who is facing the prospect of losing both Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, is, meanwhile looking to step up his pursuit in Valencia’s versatile forward Juan Mata.