Arsene Wenger says Danny Welbeck’s knee injury will force him to miss next Saturday’s FA Cup final against Aston Villa.
The England striker hasn’t featured for the Gunners since the 0-0 draw with Chelsea at the end of April and is yet to return to training.
Speaking to the Press Association after yesterday’s final league match of the campaign, Wenger confirmed the bad news: “Welbeck will be short because he has not practised yet.”
The news will come as a real blow for Danny who helped the Gunners to the final with his match-winner at Old Trafford at the quarter-final stage.
The 24-year-old also started the semi-final against Reading in place of Olivier Giroud meaning Theo Walcott, who yesterday scored a hat-trick, may well be in line for a start up front.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who made his comeback yesterday after two and half months on the sidelines, could still feature at Wembley. While the midfielder looked pretty rusty during his 15 minute cameo the boss expects another week in training to help his cause.
“He’s not completely there to start at the full pace of the game,” said the boss. “He can play. It’s just when he’s ready. One more week of preparation will help him.”