Southampton boss confirms talks for Arsenal’s Walcott – Deal likely?

There have been numerous Arsenal transfer rumours regarding a possible return to Southampton of their ex-starlet Theo Walcott, who moved from the South Coast to the Emirates at the tender age of 16 with great expectations on his young shoulders. But now he has dropped completely out of first team contention and can’t start a Premier League match with two many other stars ahead of him in the pecking order.

Walcott has always been the most likely Arsenal player to leave in January, and even our legend Ian Wright advised him to move on a couple of months ago. “I think so, for his own sake,” Wright said when asked if Walcott should be looking at a transfer from the Emirates.

“I’m not sure where he can go now with Arsenal and he’s only playing in the Carabao Cup and the Europa League.

“He’ll want to finish on a high in respect of what he’s doing, he’s given Arsenal great service in the time he’s been there and for me he should move on for himself.”

A return to Southampton was always rumoured to be the most likely outcome, and the Saints manager Mauricio Pellegrino has confirmed his interest once again.”I have been talking about him,” he said.

“He is a good player, but I don’t know with the negotiations, with the market. I imagine that this type of player would have a lot of possibility. For us it’s not easy.

“Hopefully we can bring somebody that can help us be stronger. This is our target now.

“We know the market is difficult, but we are working on that.”

Now that the Saints have received 75million for Van Dijk, I am sure it won’t be that difficult for them to come to an arrangement with Arsenal for Walcott. And I can’t see Wenger blocking it either…



  1. Nayr says:

    Sell walcott.

    replace him with riyad mahrez.

    1. gotanidea says:

      I highly doubt that Southampton would be willing to pay 25 millions for Walcott, but if they do, Arsenal should not buy Mahrez. Mahrez is good, but Arsenal need an attacking midfielder or inverted winger that works harder and is willing to do physical duel.

      If you ever watched Spain vs Italy (3-0) in their World Cup qualification match, you would see how Thiago, Silva and Isco dribbled, tackled, and chased their opponents around. Wenger’s Arsenal requires that type of attacking midfielder, whereas Mahrez’s style would work better in a team with faster tempo like Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Leicester City.

      I prefer Arsenal to get players like Thiago, Rafinha, Sergi Roberto, Denis Suarez or Draxler.

    2. Be says:

      Did you watch Walcott stand when he is supposed to fight for the ball. Check the number of touches and km run. He is not a footballer but a spectator.
      Wenger should send him tonight running for £100k at Southampton.
      Wasted brain

  2. Mfenguboysa says:

    He’s definitely leaving because he realises that if he stays at Arsenal, he will be a bench warmer and will obviously not be picked for the world cup. Thank goodness! This guy was earning a ridiculous wage for doing nothing. I hope n pray we get Riaahd Marez this January!

  3. Me says:

    Its a catch 22 situation.
    He does not improve the quality of the squad.
    If we sell him the odds are that Wenger will not bring anyone in this month and the money will just go into making the Kroenke family that little bit richer.
    It certainly won’t be invested in squad strengthening..

  4. Innit says:

    Theo will most likely need to accept a salary reduction to leave. I don’t think he is desperate to leave unless he desperately wants to play for England in the World Cup

    Nevertheless for a bench warmer he makes far too much. His salary and transfer fee would be better used on a better player innit

    I am so happy the way Conte is killing Mourhino on Sky Sports News

    1. jon fox says:

      Happier still were he to do it, LITERALLY. That way , we would lose them both to management.

  6. Taf says:

    Has Eboue committed suicide?

    1. Break-on-through says:

      He’s looking for a spot in the Arsenal set up.

  7. Mr pat says:

    People you lot are not talking about the lemar situation, mighty embarrassing if he joins Liverpool and I said back in June last year that wenger only bid 90 million on the the last day of transfer I knew straight away wenger was playing arsenal fans for fools, well it looks like it’s come back to bite him in the backside not that wenger cares anyway

    1. Waal2waal says:

      says a lot about how dumb he must be if after we bid a record fee for lemar he runs out for them – imo

      1. Break-on-through says:

        It never made any sense. The haggling back and forth with Marseille over Lacazette. Holding was put on hold to try to knock an extra 500k to 1m off his price. Mustafi we didn’t want to go from 30m to 40m but did in end. Then after offering less than 20m I think, we go and throw a 90m bid on an unproven player so he can replace a world class one that we paid 32m for. It stinks, like what do they take us for. I’d like to say it was the media taking us for a ride/sap, but Marseille and Arsenal came out with some confirmation.

  8. jon fox says:

    I just can’t face the horrible thought of losing my darling little Theo, to Southampton, just as he has become our most talented young player and is about to become a WORLD superstar. HOW HOW COULD YOU DO THIS TO ME ARSENE! I will never forgive you. Some of you may, just possibly, think you detect a note of sarcasm in this post but I would never be so mean to my all time favourite player as to use sarcasm. NOW, WOULD I?

  9. Gary Parker says:

    Walcott needs to go if we get any money for him it’s a bonus, Welbeck should go , Iwobi wow what does Wenger see in him?
    Elneny is he really a pro footballer ?
    Holding mmmm
    We have no leaders , no plan B, no fighters

  10. Gary Parker says:

    Been said so many times we need a total new look, overhaul of the club, not just because of this result, but we don’t , can’t compete with the top couple anymore.
    I’m not sure Arteta is the answer as unproven , I would look more at Viera with some support perhaps Arteta though why would he come to The Emirates ?

    We are in a mess , Kroenke will not react, Gazidis will not do anything and Le Prof will go on and on and on and on……

  11. Gary Parker says:

    And we are linked with Johnny Evans wow,

    Life is not very sweet at the moment been a Gooner!

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