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Arsenal Suffer Double Injury Headache Ahead of Aston Villa Encounter

North Londoners are made to sweat on fitness of key duo. 

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Arsenal have received a double injury blow ahead of the start to the new Premier League season, which gets under way this weekend, reports the Metro.

Gunners head coach Arsene Wenger will now have to wait on scans to right-back Bacary Sagna and attacking midfield player Theo Walcott after both players limped off in their respective friendlies that were played on Wednesday night.

England international Walcott started the Three Lions’ clash with arch-rivals Scotland at Wembley, however, despite managing to get his name on the scoresheet for his country in their 3-2 win, the 24-year-old was unable to finish the game after taking a knock to his knee.

But after the game the wide man played down fears that he may not be fit enough to take part in the Gunners’ opening Premier League game of the season against Aston Villa at the Emirates on Saturday afternoon.

“Hopefully, fingers crossed, I’ll be alright. I had to come off with a little bit of a swollen knee so fingers crossed I can rest up and be alright for Saturday,” said Walcott after the match.

Meanwhile, Wenger will also be concerned after key full-back Sagna limped off during France’s goalless draw with Belgium after taking a blow to his ankle, although as yet the Frenchman does not know the full extent of the damage down to the 30-year-old, who was also in line to face Villa this weekend.


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