Despite playing for Arsenal for over a decade, Theo Walcott’s career in North London is seemingly always in a relatively precarious position.
The speedy England international will go missing for huge parts of the season before popping with a few goals when the team is playing well and staking his claim to be considered the club’s first-choice centre-forward.
It’s standard procedure at the Emirates. Almost an exact science.
In a situation that bares imagery with teammate Olivier Giroud, both men are either a few goals from being lauded or a few misses from being lambasted.
Welbeck/Iwobi strikeforce > Giroud/Walcott strikeforce #afc
— Danny Welbeck (@WelBeast) April 2, 2016
However, could the tide be turning on the former Southampton prodigy?
Walcott 10 years at Arsenal,failure to cement a place for him self has brought the best out of Iwobi
— Anti Wenger (@broos_selasi) April 2, 2016
The emergence of young Alex Iwobi, playing with a vibrant dynamism many thought Walcott would ooze far more regularly, seems to have captured the imagination of the Arsenal faithful.
Walcott needs to give 90% of his wages to iwobi.
— RayhanAFC (@RayhanAFC) April 2, 2016
After impressing in a few fleeting substitute appearances, Arsene Wenger opted to promote the 19-year old Nigerian to the first-team.
He hasn’t looked back since.
Impressing away at Barcelona, he has since turned an encouraging outing into end product. Something Walcott has constantly struggled to do.
Two goals and assist, so far, in his last two Premier League games is some going for a man who only recently made his first-team debut.
Possessing far more a footballing brain than the England star, the nephew of the legendary Jay Jay Okocha has surely now overtaken him in the pecking order.
After every Iwobi performance, Walcott sees flashes of his Arsenal career slowly dying.
— Alexis (@VladmirSlutini) April 2, 2016
It will be hard for Arsene Wenger to rid of Walcott, after investing so much time, effort and money into him, though the emergence of Alex Iwobi may leave him little option but to.