Arsenal are hoping that Theo Walcott will sign a new deal to keep the forward at the Emirates Stadium, although Matthew Glazier of Bettingpro.com wonders if they really need him.
THEO Walcott arrived at Arsenal in January 2006 and it appears that he could be leaving seven years down the line, with the 23-year-old playing hard ball with the club when it comes to signing a new deal.
It might be the case that the player has already decided to leave the Gunners, whether that happens during the January transfer window or in the summer when Walcott might have more options available to him. However, Arsenal fans shouldn’t be too concerned about the player’s possible departure – here are five reasons why:
Walcott isn’t a world-class player
Don’t let your judgement be clouded by a recent hat-trick against a tired Newcastle team. Instead consider that Theo has regularly flattered to deceive in an Arsenal shirt. Like predecessor Marc Overmars, the England international has bags of pace, although his crossing is suspect and the same applies to his finishing. There are players that can easily fill his boots.
Walcott will never be a prolific goalscorer
Theo has managed just the 34 goals for Arsenal since arriving in 2006 which represents about five per season. Yes, he’s been in and out of the first team for a big chunk of his time with the Gunners, although his current position of centre forward is something of an experiment and it will be interesting to see whether it’s effective against a decent defence.
Arsenal shouldn’t be held to ransom by any player
A spate of Arsenal youngsters recently signed new deals at the Emirates, with Arsene Wenger making a clear statement to Walcott that the future is bright, whether or not the player remains at the club. You can bet your bottom dollar that the north London outfit have offered to make Walcott the best-paid player and if that’s not enough for the youngster, then let him warm the bench of a Chelsea or a Manchester United.
The Gunners have lots of attacking options
Arsene Wenger probably wishes he had picked up Michu for such a small price in the summer, although Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla have been successful signings and we should probably expect more to come from Olivier Giroud. With Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fast becoming the finished product, it’s not as if the departure of Walcott will leave a Robin van Persie-sized hole.
Matthew Glazier writes for Bettingpro.com an award-winning football, news and betting website.