Bad news for Gunners: European giants to sign Arsenal forward

Sankha Ghosh / 02 November 2015

La Liga giants Barcelona are rumoured to be planning a potential move for Arsenal marksman Theo Walcott.

26-year-old Walcott has really been a revelation for Arsenal in this season. The England forward scored four goals in nine matches giving Arsene Wenger a boost.

And reports are saying that Walcott’s impressive performance has caught Barcelona boss Luis Enrique’s eyes.

Spanish media outlet Mundo Deportivo is saying  Enrique has been highly impressed by the England international’s performances this term so far and is planning for a winter bid to sign him when the transfer ban imposed by FIFA 1.

Mundo also claims, Catalan boss is desperate to add Walcott to his star-studded attacking line as the recent injury to Rafinha forced him on the sidelines till late February.

Barcelona are now serving a transfer ban as they broke FIFA rules regarding the transfer policy of u-18 players. They can again start signing players from January next year.

Currently, Theo Walcott is out with an injury and will not be back before the international break. 

Following a great start to this campaign, Walcott serving as a central striker, his absence is a bit problem for Arsenal to deal with. Walcott’s good pace through the middle has given both Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez a lot of chances to punish opposite defences as the trio working in fine combination for the Gunners.

Walcott has managed to make double figures only three times of his nine years at the Emirates, but if he continues his current strike rate and form, has a very good chance of breaking his own  best tally of 21, that was three years ago.

The England international has now revealed, some key advice from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger helped him hit the ground hard this season.

“It clicked about going up front when Arsene told me he wanted me to be more aggressive on the pitch,” Walcott added. I actually said ‘do you want me to start kicking people?’ That was my first reaction. He said ‘no, I’m not saying that’.

“He wanted me to be more aggressive in terms of running at players, closing them down, tracking back, being there and in their faces.”

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