In Focus: Theo Walcott would be a West Ham United star

According to reports in the Sunday Mirror, West Ham United are lining up a £25m summer swoop for Arsenal winger Theo Walcott, who scored 19 goals in all competitions last season.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Sunday Mirror says that the Gunners attacker was a frustrated figure towards the end of last season as Arsene Wenger introduced a new 3-4-2-1 formation.

The 28-year-old struggled to break into the starting line-up in the new system and was named on the substitutes’ bench for Arsenal’s last seven matches of the campaign.

Having also lost his place in the England squad with the 2018 World Cup in Russia less than a year away, Walcott could look to move on for regular playing time next season in order to force himself back into contention for the Three Lions.

Irons manager Slaven Bilic is keen to strengthen his attacking options this summer and the Sunday Mirror claims that he is willing to pay £25m for the winger.

How did Walcott fare on the whole last season?

He did pretty well considering he rarely featured towards the end of the campaign.

The 28-year-old’s 19 goals came in just 37 appearances in all competitions for Arsenal, while he also provided a further two assists.

Those statistics are even more impressive considering all of those goals came from the right wing, rather than the centre-forward position he has wanted to fill in recent years.

Would he be a good signing for West Ham?

He certainly would be.

Walcott has shown that he still has plenty of pace and can be clinical when given opportunities, and those are two things that the Irons were missing last season.

The fact that the 28-year-old has a point to prove to England manager Gareth Southgate would only help the Irons, as the forward would know that he has to impress on consistently to be a part of England squad for the 2018 World Cup.

Where would he fit in?

Considering Michail Antonio also plays on the right, it would certainly be interesting to see how Bilic would incorporate both into his side, but it certainly wouldn’t be a deal-breaker – more of a nice problem to have.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, Walcott may need to leave Arsenal this summer in order to keep his World Cup dream alive and a move to West Ham would certainly make sense considering he could stay in London and play regularly.