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Walcott will not rush return from serious knee injury

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott says he will not rush his return from a serious knee injury.

The 25-year-old ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Arsenal's FA Cup win against Tottenham in January in what was a severe blow to the club's season.

Theo Walcott is stretchered off with an injury in front of the Tottenham fans. Credit: PA Wire

"I am not pushing myself to be fit for the World Cup or anything like that. I want to be back quickly, of course, but safely, too," Walcott told Arsenal's matchday magazine ahead of tonight's clash with Newcastle United.

"I want to try and be back for the early part of next season, that is the goal, so there will be a lot of hard work throughout the summer and during the World Cup."

Arsenal will go four points clear of Everton in fourth place if they beat Newcastle tonight.

Formal investigation launched into anti-Semitic tweets

Police have launched an investigation into anti-Semitic tweets posted after an Arsenal-Spurs clash that saw winger Theo Walcott and St John Ambulance staff pelted with missiles. Scotland Yard says it has assessed the messages and launched an inquiry.

Following the Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur match on Saturday January 4 the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) became aware of anti-Semitic messages posted on Twitter.

Having assessed messages published on Twitter, officers from Operation Arrowtip are now investigating.

– Metropolitan Police


Anti-Semitic tweets examined after Arsenal-Spurs game

Police are looking into anti-Semitic tweets sent after the Arsenal-Spurs clash that saw winger Theo Walcott and St John Ambulance staff pelted with missiles. Scotland Yard is assessing the messages, that referred to the Holocaust.

We're aware of anti-Semitic messages posted on Twitter following Arsenal v Tottenham on Saturday January 4 - an assessment is under way.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) is aware of incidents during the Arsenal Vs Tottenham Hotspur match on Saturday, January 4 where a number of objects were thrown from both home and away sections of the crowd.

The MPS takes all such incidents very seriously. Officers from Operation Arrowtip are investigating and are liaising with both clubs and the Football Association (FA) over these incidents.

– Metropolitan Police

Ian Wright: Serious injury 'you never truly get over'

Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright says he understands what Theo Walcott is going through. Wright's goals helped England qualify for the World Cup in France in 1998, but a hamstring injury to ruled him out of the finals. He says he feels Walcott's pain.

As a player it's devastating. I missed out on a World Cup in '98 through injury and it's something that you never truly get over.

In the end I didn't actually get to play in any but for someone like Theo who has been there but not played - but he has been there - for this one I feel he would have been ready.

– Ian Wright, speaking to BBC Radio Five Live