Three reasons Theo Walcott is the missing link Southampton need

According to reports in The Express on October 6, Southampton are looking to bring out-of-favour Arsenal winger Theo Walcott back to the club during the January transfer window, 12 years after he left St Mary’s.

The attacker left the south coast outfit for the Gunners when he was just 16 years old and had made just 23 appearances for Saints, but he has struggled to become a key first team player under Arsene Wenger over the years.

Now The Express says the 28-year-old, whose contract at the Emirates Stadium runs out in 2019, will be sold in the New Year as Wenger as no plans to extend the deal and is looking to reshape his squad, with Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino keen to bring him to the club.

The Argentine manager has made a mixed start to his career at St Mary’s with the club taking eight points from their opening seven Premier League fixtures of the season, and his team look particularly short in attacking areas.

Here are three reasons Walcott is the missing link that Saints need…