Theo Walcott Will Miss Carling Cup Final With Sprained Ankle Sustained Against Stoke

In news that certainly won't further endear Stoke City to Arsenal fans, Theo Walcott is out of the Carling Cup final on Sunday, twisting his ankle during a tackle by Dean Whitehead. Whitehead's tackle may have been an accident, but, lest you have forgotten, this was the same fixture in which Ryan Shawcross broke Aaron Ramsey's leg last year. It's quite possible that Gunners fans will be turning up outside the Britannia with pitchforks and tar and whatever else they need to make an example of Potters players.

Arsenal faces a heavy fixture load, with the match against Stoke the first of five in a two week span. While the club is used to injuries, picking up any more now might see their hopes of silverware tarnish quickly. In addition to the Carling Cup, Arsenal are still in the running for the league title, the FA Cup, and the Champions League, and need a full strength squad to battle on all fronts.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.