Monday January 6th, 2014

Theo Walcott Arsenal's Theo Walcott will miss the rest of the EPL season and the World Cup after tearing his left ACL. (Kristy Wigglesworth/AP)

Arsenal's Premier League hopes and England's World Cup hopes both took a big hit on Monday.

The Gunners confirmed that Theo Walcott will miss at least six months with a torn ACL in his left knee, an injury suffered during Arsenal's 2-0 FA Cup victory over rival Tottenham on Saturday. The team said in a statement:

Theo will have surgery in London in the near future and is expected to be out for at least six months, therefore missing the remainder of the season and the World Cup in Brazil in the summer.

Walcott, who was cleared by the FA of any wrongdoing after mocking Tottenham fans as he was being stretchered off Saturday, had five league goals and one Champions League goal for league-leading Arsenal after missing two months earlier in the season. The club will faces the daunting prospect of having to play Bayern Munich in the Champions league round of 16 without him. The 24-year-old speedster was expected to play a vital role in England's World Cup effort as well, and the Three Lions must combat the likes of Uruguay, Italy and Costa Rica in Group B without Walcott's services.

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