Despite having three more years on his current Arsenal deal, talk has turned to whether Theo Walcott should leave the club he’s been at since he was 16 or not.
- Walcott said to be worth £18m
- Forward dropped to the bench after moment of honesty
- West Ham interested in signing 28-year-old
Theo started the 2016/17 campaign in fine form.
A new approach to his life off the pitch, as well as on it, appeared to be paying off and he’d scored eight of his 10 Premier League goals before Christmas. He also scored three in the Champions League.
Not only this but he was staying injury free and getting regular starts, which, at the age of 28 and with another World Cup looming, the forward desperately wanted.
However, it all went down hill from then on.
A calf strain saw Theo sidelined for over a month, causing him to miss six games, and then a perhaps too honest comment following Arsenal’s 3-0 loss away to Crystal Palace – “Palace wanted it more than us.” – saw him dropped to the bench for the remainder of the season.
Wenger doesn’t like ripples and Theo deviating from the standard media trained rubbish the players usually spout after an embarrassing defeat made waves.
Although Theo went on to score five FA Cup goals and two more in the Premiership after Christmas, he never regained his place in the starting XI after his post-Palace comment – at least not permanently.
Theo is at his peak and if being honest was his only crime last season and he’s still not getting game time, then perhaps it’s time for him to move on.
Wenger’s made it clear that he doesn’t have a place in Arsenal’s new formation and Theo has not said one bad word regarding his boss or lack of playing time.
Theo’s been nothing but professional and if West Ham want him, as is being reported, they’d be lucky to have him.
This could be one of the biggest summers in his career.