If all goes well for Arsenal in the next couple of weeks, Arsene Wenger will have an almost fully fit and refreshed squad of Arsenal players to choose from, with just Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Debuchy and Abou Diaby still unavailable. And that could make it even less likely for Theo Walcott to get the chances on the pitch to save his Arsenal career.
There will be just a year left on the England striker´s contract when this season ends and we know that Arsene Wenger does not want his players getting into that situation. With Theo apparently demanding a pay rise but the Gunners having a lot of good attacking options, many in the football media think that Wenger might well be looking to sell the long serving player.
With a crucial home game against Liverpool up first, Walcott could really do with a couple of impressive performances for Roy Hodgson in an England shirt to have any chance of starting, but at least his chances of doing that have been given a boost this week, as Adam Lallana has had to pull out with injury. Along with Andros Townsend, Walcott is the clear option to replace Lallana and the Spurs player is not in great form so hopefully Theo will get the nod and play well.
The other boost Walcott has is the rumour that Chuba Akpom is set to join Norwich on loan for the rest of the season, meaning less competition on the bench, so if Wenger does need more than Giroud, Alexis and Welbeck, it must surely be Walcott.
But will these two things be enough for Walcott to save his Arsenal career?