The winger Theo Walcott has been at Arsenal for 11 years now and due to various long term injuries and losses of confidence, the Englishman has only averaged 16 League starts per season (plus 8 as sub). This has worked out at a paltry return of 6 goals per season, although admittedly he did score 10 in the League last season and 9 in other competitions, which was his second best season ever.
But although he scored lots early in the season, once Wenger changed to the new 3-4-3 formation Walcott was more often than not started from the bench and was not brought on very often. Now that Wenger is faced with the task of trimming down our ‘heavy’ squad could Walcott be one of those moved on to accomodate any new arrivals that may actually be a starter in our new system.
The latest rumours are saying that West Ham are keen on bring Walcott to the Olympic stadium next season, and Wenger could rake in £25-30million to pay towards our new superstriker (hopefully Lacazette!), and it is entirely possible that Walcott could be lining up alongside Olivier Giroud in the Hammers front line.
This will bring in some much-needed cash and also reduce our ridiculously large wage bill. In Theo’s favour, he would be much more likely to be an automatic starter at West Ham and could try and win his place back in the England team for next year’s World Cup.
Is it time for Arsenal to give up on not-so-young Theo Walcott?