Walcott set to miss out as Gunners head for Cologne


Theo Walcott’s absence from training today suggests that the 28 year old will not be part of the Arsenal squad for tomorrow night’s Europa League tie with Cologne.

The England international was not involved in Saturday’s delicious 2-0 win over Sp*rs in the Premier League, missing out through illness, and it appears he hasn’t recovered in time to be involved in this game.

Danny Welbeck could be the man to replace him in the front three, giving him some vital minutes. He hasn’t played for over a month, when he picked up a muscle strain in the 2-1 defeat to Watford at Vicarage Road.

Arsene Wenger is expect to heavily rotate his squad again, in particular at the back where both Rob Holding and Calum Chambers are in contention again after injury.

Youngsters like Reiss Nelson, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Eddie Nketiah and Joe Willock should all be part of the group travelling to Germany today.

We’ll have more in-depth team news later on.

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