Theo Walcott has been handed an ultimatum. Either sign a new contract with the Gunners or risk being sold. Arsene Wenger has been desperate to keep hold of the England player but Walcott is believed to be worried about the direction of the club after Alex Song and Robin van Persie left the Emirates this summer.
With Walcott holding out, Wenger is open to the idea of selling the winger this summer rather than letting him go for nothing next summer. Liverpool and Manchester City are rumoured to be interested in the Gunner’s speedster and could snag Walcott for a fee of around £12m.
That being said, here are three reasons why Brendan Rodgers should try and sign Theo before the transfer window closes on Friday.
- Liverpool desperately need forwards
Despite quality recruitment over the summer, with Joe Allen and most recently Nuri Sahin arriving at Anfield, Liverpool have only added Fabio Borini to a forward line that struggled to score goals last season. With Brendan Rodgers also keen to sell Jordan Henderson and Andy Carroll, whilst also wanting to convert Stewart Downing to a left back, the Reds only have Sterling, Borini Suarez and new boy Assaidi as attacking options. Rodgers needs to add attacking pieces to his squad before the transfer window closes if Liverpool are to improve on last season’s conversion rate, certainly if they lose the likes of Carroll and Henderson.
- Walcott would fit nicely into Rodgers’ system
I know it has been said time and time again that a player would fit well into the new Liverpool side but this time it actually has substance. The England winger has grown up in an Arsene Wenger side that prides itself on playing beautiful, passing football. In addition Walcott has the pace to nicely complement the speed of Raheem Sterling on the other flank. A familiar system might just be the attraction that pulls Walcott towards Anfield as opposed to the Etihad.
- Theo could be just the game changer that the Reds need
Since arriving at Arsenal in 2006 Walcott has established himself as a game changer coming off the bench. Although this reputation might not be one that he personally wants, both the Gunners and England have used his devastating pace and technical skill to great effect – Walcott was emphatic in helping England to victory over Sweden in this summer’s European Championships.
The Arsenal man also brings a goal threat to any side he joins. Initially brought to the Emirates as a striker, Walcott has been utilized on the right wing to exploit his pace but could also be used through the middle as an out and out striker.
Needless to say the boy can score goals that can change games, something that Liverpool can certainly not pass up on.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!