Arsenal fans are all in pretty joyous moods right now. Arsene Wenger’s men secured second spot on the final day of the season, piping Spurs to the runners-up position, meaning that Gooners have the north London bragging rights for the 21st year in a row.
Arsenal have recently signed Swiss star, Granit Xhaka, which will help bullpen the strength of their midfield. Incredibly, the Gunners are also linked with a move for Jamie Vardy.
Adding to the good spirits of the Arsenal fans is of course that EURO 2016 is underway in France this summer, but there are a few names in the Gunners’ ranks to have missed out on a spot at the showpiece tournament.
One in particular, is of course, Theo Walcott. Walcott was hailed by many as the next footballing sensation when he broke through as a teenager, but his career has never fully taken off.
Walcott was left out of Roy Hodgson’s England side after his dreadful season at the Emirates, and here are FIVE reasons why the flying attacker should leave north London this summer…
Walcott won’t be getting many minutes on the pitch next year if he stays at Arsenal. Not only do Arsenal have a whole list of pacey, skilful wingers, but the Gunners look to be strengthening their attack too in the transfer window. Walcott, at 27, will soon be hitting the peak of his career, a peak he surely doesn’t want to spend on the bench.
Moans, groans and all kinds of abuse can be heard from the stands at football matches nowadays, but none louder than when Walcott spurns an easy chance or runs into a cul-de-sac. The Arsenal fans have grown tired of Walcott’s lack of a ‘footballing brain’ and he could perhaps use a fresh start.
The World Cup is in just two years’ time. Walcott will be 29 when the competition in Russia kicks off and he will surely want to be involved in the England set up. Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford and Daniel Sturridge are all likely to be in the side and Walcott will really need to fight for a place in the squad let alone the line up!
Walcott may not want to move to a ‘smaller club’ than Arsenal but there would be plenty of benefits.
At a club such as West Ham for example, Walcott would be far more valuable and the fans would respect him a lot more. nine goals and seven assists isn’t such an awful record after all, but playing in a team that once had Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp leaves fans with high hopes at all times.
Walcott has always wanted to play up front but at Arsenal, his current role is mostly on the wing. If Walcott were to leave north London, there would surely be plenty of clubs that would be perfectly willing to play Walcott in a position of his choice, as he would be a star man for another team.