There were some shocked faces as news of Theo Walcott’s season-ending injury filtered into the Football Transfer Tavern last night.
The Arsenal winger will miss the rest of the season for his club and will not be fit in time to feature for England at the World Cup in Brazil after picking up a knee injury in their FA Cup victory over Tottenham on Sunday.
While the majority of talk in the bar has veered towards who Roy Hodgson will include in his place in his World Cup squad, the few Gunners in the bar are now desperate to see manager Arsene Wenger taking advantage of the current transfer window to recruit another striker.
Now Sami Mokbel from Mail Online brings positive news as he reports that Arsenal will increase their efforts to sign Real Madrid youngster Alvaro Morata on loan this week.
Walcott’s devastating ACL injury joins an extended injury list at the Emirates Stadium which includes striker Nicklas Bendtner, who looks set to sit out the next two months of action, leaving Wenger’s side looking desperately short in attack.
According to Mokbel, they have now returned to the Bernabeu with the aim of recruiting the 21-year-old on a short-term deal with Madrid unwilling to sell one of their most promising talents on a permanent basis. While the La Liga side want to keep hold of the Spanish Under-21 international, they should see some benefits in sending him to England for a short spell.
Arsenal do have a contingency plan in place if Madrid decide to keep hold of Morata with Gunners scouts reportedly compiling a list of targets who would take the burden off Olivier Giroud for the second-half of the campaign.
These include Bayern Munich’s Mario Mandzukic, Manchester City forward Edin Dzeko and Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa but all of these ambitious targets could prove difficult to land within the next month.
This has forced the Gunners to look for a stop-gap with Morata possibly fitting the bill.
Can Arsenal recover from the blow of losing Walcott with Morata? Let us know your thoughts below.
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