Arsenal news – Walcott out of Cup final, Wenger: Torres over-valued, Barca youngster deal close

Walcott out of Cup final.

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Theo Walcott will not feature in the Carling Cup final on Sunday after twisting his ankle against Stoke on Wednesday night.

Walcott was one of two Gunners to be substituted because of injury in the league match at the Emirates, with captain Cesc Fabregas limping off with a hamstring injury after 14 minutes of play.

The Arsenal manager expressed his concern about the injuries but added that he will not know the full extent of the damage until tomorrow. Quoted on Mirrorfootball, Wenger said: “Theo Walcott has an ankle sprain and he is out. For how long, I don’t know, but he is definitely out of Sunday. Fabregas has a hamstring problem. We will assess that tomorrow. It is impossible to see how serious it is tonight. We will know tomorrow.

It is of course a concern that he is injured but it happens unfortunately. He was very upset. I am as well. But it is not his fault or mine. It is part of sport.”

Wenger: Torres over-valued.

Arsene Wenger believes Chelsea paid Liverpool too much money for Fernando Torres but added that they look a lot more dangerous with him in the team.

The Blues paid £50million for the Spaniard on the final day of the January transfer window and the 26-year-old is yet to score for his new club.

The Gunners boss, quoted on Eurosport, said that Chelsea were forced to pay a lot more for the World Cup winner because negotiations were completed on the transfer deadline day: “Torres was a last-minute transfer and, as a result, Chelsea had to pay for it. We can estimate that Chelsea paid an additional amount for Torres, about 15%.

“Emotion and a lack of time saw the market value become inflated but, now, Chelsea could become even more dangerous. The trio of Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka and Fernando Torres represents a real danger.”

Barca youngster deal close.

Arsenal are close to agreeing terms with Barcelona youth star Jon Miguel Toral Harper, according to The Telegraph.

The Gunners will be forced to pay the Blaugrana £350,000 in compensation for the 16-year-old in a deal which bears striking similarities to that of Cesc Fabregas when the midfielder joined the north London side from the Barcelona youth academy eight years ago.

Arsene Wenger has stressed that he is not breaking any rules in signing youngsters from the academy in Catalonia, stating that he has employed the same scouting tactics as the Spanish champions: “Where do they get their players? Where does Lionel Messi come from? Barcelona? At what age did they take him? Twelve-years-old.”

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