Theo Walcott's slim chance of being picked for England's Euro 2016 squad has suffered a massive blow after Arsene Wenger revealed that the striker had picked up a hamstring injury following Arsenal's 4-0 win over Aston Villa on Sunday (15 May). The French manager, however, made it clear that he will be fit, if selected by Roy Hodgson for June's European Championship finals in France.
"Theo has a little hamstring problem. He is sharp but not available. If he is selected tomorrow he is available for Euros," Wenger said, as quoted on Arsenal's official site.
The Gunners forward has had a disappointing season failing to grab the opportunities handed to him by the manager, especially when he started him ahead of Olivier Giroud at the beginning of the season. Walcott has managed just nine goals in 42 appearances all season, which resulted in the forward dropping below Joel Campbell and Alex Iwobi in the pecking order.
He is unlikely to be selected by Hodgson for the squad owing to his lack of game time and impact on the north London club this season, and his latest injury is going to further hamper his chances after Danny Welbeck's injury had left the door slightly ajar for his possible inclusion.
'Wilshere and Cazorla impact'
Wenger has admitted that the absence of Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla - who started their first game in nine and five months respectively - for long periods of the season, has had an impact on Arsenal's title challenge. The Gunners recorded their best ever finish since 2005 with a second place finish behind champions Leicester City. The French coach believes that the presence of the two midfielders would have given him more options on the offensive front, while being able to rotate his midfield during a lengthy campaign, which saw them play around 12 games more than the Foxes.
"Yes, as first of all I could have rotated a little bit more. You have more variety in offensive game and they are creative players. We played 14 or 15 games more than Leicester. The importance of having your important players available has an impact after a while," the French manager added.