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Gunners Boss Arsene Wenger has exposed that Theo Walcott is not the part of squad against West Brom at Emirates after gathering up a small calf obstacle following their defeat against City. Kieran Gibbs was also out in the second half after a clash of knees and has to be measured before the next match.
Arsenal ran away 1-0 winners yesterday at home, through to a header by Olivier Giroud in the dying cinders of the game, securing three points after two successive defeats against Everton and Manchester City. The victory takes them nine points behind of leaders Chelsea, who also secured a win over Bournemouth, gathering up their 12th successive victory of the season.
“Theo has a small calf problem, but a very small one,” Wenger told Arsenal’s official Website when asked about Walcott. “It’s a kick. I don’t know how bad it is, but it’s a kick on the knee,” Wenger said on Gibbs.
Wenger’s men found it hard to open up the Baggies’ defense for majority of the game, with Alexis Sanchez coming close twice, with his first effort being saved brilliantly by Ben Foster and hitting the post with his second. However, it was Giroud, making his first start in the league this season, who gave Arsenal the lead, like he has done many times off the bench this campaign. However, Wenger was appreciative of the Frenchman’s patience and insists that he has the mentality to deliver whenever he is called upon.
“He makes always a point when he comes on because he’s scored many times when he’s come on. He has qualities in our squad that are needed and that the other players have not. And he is a fighter as well, Olivier. He has a fantastic mentality,” Wenger said.