Theo Walcott would be open to leaving Arsenal on loan in January, according to a Football.London exclusive.
Walcott hasn’t started a single game in the Premier League this season, restricted to appearances in the cups and off the bench.
It wouldn’t be at all surprising if he left the club during January or in the summer if his situation doesn’t improve.
However, according to Football.London, Walcott still believes he’s good enough to play for a top six club, and that he has best years ahead of him.
As a result, he’d be open to a short-term loan in order to prove he can still play at the highest level.
Walcott is also adamant that he is still good enough to be a top six player
They write, “Football.London understands that Walcott is also adamant that he is still good enough to be a top six player and has some of his best years ahead of him, so a six-month loan deal is seen as a good way of putting himself in the shop window as he looks the secure a summer move to a top club.”
The report suggests that a loan would suit the likes of Everton and Southampton due to Walcott’s high wages.
Despite Southampton receiving £75m for Virgil van Dijk and the abundance of TV money, the combination of a high transfer fee and Walcott’s wages would make a permanent deal difficult.
A loan would suit all parties.
Arsenal are finding it difficult to find a place for him in their starting line-up.
His last Premier League appearance was a last minute sub against Liverpool.
Before then, he was left out of the matchday squad for seven straight games.
Short of a remarkable turnaround in the new year, it’s likely his time at the club is coming to an end.