Southampton supporters have been pretty despondent in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their team kick off 2018 in disappointing fashion after going down 2-1 at home to Crystal Palace on Tuesday night.
Mauricio Pellegrino’s men went into the New Year on a wretched run of no win in eight Premier League games, and would have viewed a home clash with Roy Hodgson’s Eagles as a chance to get back to winning ways. And things looked good for a time when Shane Long gave the Saints a first half lead, only for the visitors to hit back in the second half as goals from James McArthur and Luka Milivojevic sealed a 2-1 success for the Eagles, a result which saw Hodgson’s side move above Southampton in the table, with the South Coast outfit dropping to 17th.
Thus, there have been many deflated and disappointed Saints fans in the Tavern in recent times, yet their mood may be improved by a recent report from The Daily Echo, which suggests that Arsenal’s Theo Walcott is a ‘genuine target’ for the club in this month’s transfer window.
The 28-year-old left St Mary’s to link up with the Gunners back in 2006 and has since gone on to score 108 goals in 397 appearances for Arsene Wenger’s side, winning two FA Cup titles along the way.
However, the England international has mustered just five Premier League appearances for the North London giants this term of which none have been starts, throwing his future at the club into doubt what with a World Cup looming at the end of the current campaign.
And Southampton have been linked with a move for Walcott in recent times, and recent reports suggest that the forward is a ‘genuine target’ for the Saints as manager Pellegrino seeks to bolster his attacking ranks ahead of the second half of the campaign.
And with the South Coast outfit very much embroiled in a relegation battle and goals at a premium, it’s a move they may seek to get done come the end of the month.
Landlord’s verdict: Theo Walcott has dramatically fallen down the pecking order at Arsenal this season, this all after a campaign in which he scored 19 goals to help Arsene Wenger’s side to fifth place in the Premier League, as well as to another FA Cup title.
Nonetheless, the 28-year-old has just five appearances and 49 minutes of league action to show for his efforts this term, plunging into doubt his future at the club after 11 years of service to the Gunners.
Ex-employers Southampton have been linked with the forward in recent times, what with the Saints in dire need of attacking reinforcements, and recent reports suggest that he is a ‘genuine target’ for manager Mauricio Pellegrino, who will surely be aware that he must get things right in the next few weeks if he is to remain in charge.
But whether Walcott will indeed make a return to St Mary’s remains to be seen.
Southampton fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!