England winger was being earmarked for a central role in the capital in the new campaign.
Arsenal have suffered a major injury scare ahead of the new Barclays Premier League season after key midfield player Theo Walcott was stretchered off from training with England on Monday, according to reports in the Daily Mirror.
The England international was taking part in the session at St George’s Park ahead of Wednesday night’s friendly international against Scotland at Wembley Stadium, only for the 24-year-old to receive a heft challenge on his ankle which led to Walcott having to be carried off in apparent agony.
And despite the fact that national team head coach Roy Hodgson later played down fears that the wide man had suffered a bad injury, claiming that the player was still in contention to play against the Scots, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger will face an anxious next few days awaiting any updates on one of his most important players next season.
Walcott, who has been at the Emirates for the past seven years now since moving to north London from Southampton for an initial fee of just £5 million in January 2006, was being lined up by Wenger to take on a central striking role in the new campaign, starting against Aston Villa at the Emirates this Saturday.