There have been a lot of rumours circling around the future of Arsenal’s star winger Theo Walcott. Recently, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that it can get tough for the club to convince Walcott to sign his contract extension.
Wenger Said: “We have started very early with him,” said Wenger. “He is very quick on the pitch, but off the pitch not always.
This has provided the chance for Liverpool and Manchester United to grab the opportunity and sign the dynamic winger. Both the clubs are in need of a pacey winger after news of Raheem Sterling leaving Anfield and United’s lack of out-and-out winger keep resurfacing.
Theo Walcott is getting frustrated after being left behind in packing order against Alexis Sanchez, Santi Cazorla, Mesut Ozil, Danny Welbeck and Alex Ox Chamberlin. Walcott has made just 4 starts this season. At times his one-dimensional play comes for heavy criticism which is leading us to believe that an exit in the summer is on the cards for Theo Walcott.
Walcott joined Arsenal in the summer of 2006 for a fee of £5 million. Since his move to the Emirates stadium, Walcott has scored 47 goals in 130 appearances for the gunners. Numbers are decent but not at the levels what were expected off him when he first arrived at the club.
Arsene Wenger will have the final say in Walcott’s stay or departure next season. Wenger’s recent comments do suggest that he won’t let Walcott leave atleast not without a fight, Wenger said:
“I always wanted to keep him and I still want to keep him now.” I want him to stay and be a regular player and fight for his place, but no matter where you go if it is a big club you have to compete for your place.”
With Liverpool and Manchester United closely following Walcott’s situation at Arsenal, Wenger might be temptd to inflate teh player’s value and get the best return on his pacey winger.
Quotes Credits: STAR