I don’t think that are many Arsenal fans that would stand in the way of Theo Walcott moving on this summer, but for some reason the (ex) England international seems to prefer to stay until 2019 raking in his 140,000 a week for doing nothing!
But the good news is that there could be even more competition for his place in the team as it has been revealed today that Arsenal and Leicester have had a meeting to discuss the transfer of Riyad Mahrez to the Emirates.
The Algerian international took the Premiership by storm this season and was very worthy of his position as Player of the Year. He would be a brilliant addition the Arsenal team so it is great news that the Gunners are making an effort to bring him to the Emirates, according to Italian journalist Emanuele Giulianelli.
Giulianelli tweeted yesterday: “Arsenal and Leicester new meeting for Mahrez. Ranieri has asked about Walcott, but the player is not interested.”
Personally I would be over the moon if we could persuade Walcott to go the other way as part of a swap deal, but if that proves impossible then I can only hope that the reason he is not interested is because he does not want to move away from his friends and family in London.
If that is the case then we can still hold out for the hope that he would move over to West Ham instead. Maybe that is just wishful thinking too as most papers are saying he wants to see out his contract at Arsenal and fight for his place. I sincerely hope he doesn’t simply become our most expensive benchwarmer for the next three years, because if Mahrez arrives he will be relegated to our fifth choice winger if he’s lucky…