Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that Theo Walcott could well leave the North London club this summer after falling down the pecking order at the Emirates Stadium.
The England international has ambitions of being the Gunners’ first-choice number nine but has largely been on the fringes of the starting XI in 2015-16.
As such, Walcott’s role in Roy Hodgson’s squad for Euro 2016 is under threat and the versatile attacker is understandably getting frustrated with a lack of opportunities to play.
West Ham have been linked with an audacious summer bid for the flying forward at the end of the current campaign, with surely no shortage of suitors should Walcott become available.
Wenger has stated that the former Southampton star could be heading towards the Emirates Stadium door this summer.
“I’m not in transfer mode at the moment but I think he has gone through a bad spell,” the Frenchman told The Guardian.
“He has responded very well, because he said: ‘OK, I will work harder and more.’ When he comes on now, you see he is motivated and focused. Let’s see how well he finishes the season.
“You have the emergence of a guy like Iwobi. But the players that did not play [against West Brom]: Santi Cazorla, Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini, Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and I forget a few that weren’t even in the squad.
“All these players will be frustrated, or the guys who go out will be frustrated. Welbeck didn’t play, Campbell didn’t play.”
Walcott has been linked with a move away from Arsenal over recent years and has never been a player that has been selected every week by Wenger.