There is an Arsenal transfer rumour doing the rounds which, if true, could spell the end of the road of the Arsenal career of Theo Walcott. The England international forward is the club’s longest serving first team player but it is looking ever more likely that he might be packing his bags at the end of this season.
The claim by Arsene Wenger that he has been holding Walcott back from playing to make sure that he was properly match fit again has been less and less believable as the season has worn on. When you think that Walcott’s first appearance as a sub after his cruciate ligament problem was back in November you will see what I mean. Once again he watched a game from the bench today and it is hard to see how that will change.
So the Metro report about Arsenal preparing to make a significant transfer bid to bring the Bayer Leverkusen and Germany international star Karim Bellarabi to the Premier League should have alarm bells ringing in the Walcott camp, assuming that Theo actually wants to stay with Arsenal that is.
THe 24-year old German is an out and out winger and that sounds like a direct replacement for Walcott to me. Bellarabi has also been strongly linked with Man United so there is no guarantee that we would get him but just the fact we are interested suggests to me that Wenger is looking to replace Walcott this summer. What do you think?