The next week could prove to be a very interesting and possibly pivotal one for the career of the Arsenal and England international star Theo Walcott. And if it does lead to the 27-year old leaving the Gunners in the summer transfer window, could it be the best thing for the player and the club?
Former England star Ray Wilkins told Sky Sports this week that he believes Walcott needs to move to another club in order to make the most of his career for club and country, as he is just not getting played enough at Arsenal. Last year when Walcott was still in contract talks with Arsenal, it was rumoured that Man City were willing to pay 40million for the Englishman. If Arsenal could still get that price it would be like Arsene winning every jackpot on the bingo slots every day for a month!
City surely wouldn’t pay that now, especially if Walcott doesn’t even play for Arsenal and England regularly. With Roy Hodgson currently having a lot of forward options like Vardy, Kane, Welbeck and Sturridge and with Rooney on the comeback trail, Walcott’s place at Euro 2016 is looking dicey to say the least.
The Arsenal striker’s international career has been largely disappointing and very frustrating despite him making his full England debut almost 10 years ago. He has been overlooked, underplayed and injured for almost every major tournament and so he could well agree with Wilkins if this summer’s tournament goes the same way.
But at the same time his Gunners career has been frustrating for Arsenal fans. He has been brilliant in patches but has never been able to do it on a consistent basis for one reason or another. It might be the case that he went elsewhere and became the player we have all been hoping for but is it time for us to move on too and bring in someone else this summer?