The Arsenal exodus continues. Robin van Persie has already expressed his desire to leave the North London club and it looks like Theo Walcott is ready to follow in his captain’s footsteps.
Walcott is said to want more money from the Gunners, more specifically a raise from £65,000 to £100,000 per week, and will look for a transfer if his desires are not met. He has also expressed frustration at the lack of direction at the club, echoing the views of RVP, as they look set to lose key players again in the summer.
With a Walcott exit possible in the summer, for a fee reported to be around £15m, the question arises – where would he best fit?
If Walcott wants his money, then surely the move is a no brainer. Paris St Germain have taken over as the new economic superpowers of European football. Having already signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva last week, the French side are said to be interested in the England international. Yet somehow I don’t see Walcott moving out of his homeland, even for extravagant sums of money.
That leaves two options – Liverpool and Chelsea. Lets take the Blues first. If interested enough there is no doubt that Roman Ambramovich can meet Walcott’s demands or their about. In addition there can be no questions asked about the direction the club are heading in. Having just won the Champions League, Roberto di Matteo’s side will surely be looking to unsettle the Manchester duopoly at the top of the Premier League table next season.
There is no doubt that Walcott is exactly the type of player that Abramovich likes to buy. His explosivity makes him a great player going forward for any side and would easily fit into di Matteo’s 4-3-3 system. Yet will Chelsea be attacking enough for the winger? We have seen that the European Champions can play attacking football yet when the times are hard they play defensive to grind out a win, something that could frustrate Walcott.
In addition, questions would surely be asked as to whether Di Matteo actually wants the player in his squad – Abramovich does have a propensity to simply buy players without consultation remember.
These flaws are exactly why a move up north would be a better fit for the winger. Liverpool are in a stage of renovation as Brendan Rodgers’ seeks to implement a more attacking, possession based philosophy on Merseyside. Walcott would fit perfect into a Liverpool squad that lacks an out and out right winger, with Craig Bellamy looking likely to head to the exit, Maxi Rodriguez already gone and Jordan Henderson preferring a more central role.
Despite being a step back from Arsenal at present, Walcott must only be encouraged from the style of Rodgers’ Swansea side as well as the attraction of playing for such a presitigious side.
Personally I think Walcott could work at Anfield, yet only if two things occur. Firstly the money – a £15m transfer fee is a lot of ask for a impact substitute, as is £100,000. If he is to earn that money, or something in that region, then Walcott must do the second thing and finally prove he can be a starter in the Premier League.
These are big asks from the young man. Yet if he can do it and prove he can start week in week out on the wing, then I don’t see a better fit than Liverpool for Walcott should he choose to leave Arsenal this summer.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!