Three reasons why Arsenal should sell Theo Walcott
Kieran Beckles outlines three reasons why Arsenal should call time on Theo Walcott's career this summer
Time is up
Theo Walcott celebrated his 10th anniversary as an Arsenal player in January. Somewhat controversially, the England international was handed the captain’s armband by Per Mertesacker to mark the occasion. Arsenal went on to lose 1-0 to bitter rivals Chelsea as the German defender was sent off. In some ways, it summed up Walcott’s career. It has been full of false dawns. Whenever the 27-year-old appeared to be finding some decent goal-scoring form, the Englishman would succumb to injury and fall down the pecking order once again. Arsenal’s longest-serving player has scored just 55 times in 236 Premier League appearances, which isn’t really good enough for a club of the Gunners’s size.
Free up funds
Arsene Wenger confirmed that he is hoping to add one more attacking player to his squad this summer after Arsenal’s 2-1 victory over MLS All-Stars in San Jose on Thursday evening. Walcott is reportedly on a £140,000-a-week deal at the Emirates Stadium, which is a huge contract for a player who has never really delivered on a consistent basis in the Premier League. Getting Walcott off the wage bill would free up funds for the world-class striker that Arsenal supporters crave.
No sign of improvement
Walcott was omitted from Roy Hodgson’s England squad this summer after the Arsenal striker fell out of favour under Wenger last season. The former Southampton man spent the summer working out with a personal trainer in an attempt to get in peak shape before pre-season with the Gunners. However, Walcott was perhaps Arsenal’s most-disappointing player against MLS All-Stars as his awareness and poor decision-making halted a number of promising Arsenal attacks. At 27, it really is now or never for Walcott and his Arsenal career.