Arsenal are in a mood of clearing out the outcasts and that may take another step ahead as Theo Walcott is poised to join his former club Southampton in the January transfer window.
Walcott, 28 hasn’t been a key part of Arsenal’s plans this season and has only made substitute appearances in the Premier League so far. Often being criticized for not delivering what is expected of him, Arsene Wenger might let him go in January for the best interest of both parties.
He has just made 3 substitute apps in the league this season
Even for Walcott it is an important year because it may well surely be his last chance to be in the World Cup squad next year as he is approaching the wrong end of his career slowly. So it will be better for him to move to a team where he will get more game time, rather than warming the bench at the Emirates and playing occasional cup games.
Since making his move from Southampton to Arsenal as a sixteen year old, Walcott has been hot and cold and not consistent at all. He has scored more than hundred goals for the club but that is only the tip of the iceberg. Walcott now finds himself at the fringes at Arsenal and Saints may make a move for him while Inter Milan, Everton and West Ham are also interested.
Walcott in his Southampton days
Walcott became the youngest player to play for the Saints first team when he made his debut in 2005, aged just 16 years and 143 days. He has admitted that he still has a soft spot for the club and that may give an advantage to the South coast side to reunite their old boy.
Saints will have to pay around 15 million to get Walcott and that can be a good signing for them as they are goal shy this season and desperate to bolster their attack.