Theo Walcott’s future remains uncertain, Juventus are the latest team to express an interest in signing the England winger. The latest reports suggest that the Italian champions are set to offer £10 million for Walcott, who only has 12 months remaining on his current contract at the Emirates.
With Arsenal not prepared to meet Walcott’s wage demands and with the player unwilling to sign an extension, we could see Walcott leave this January. As deadline day approached, Walcott agreed to remain with the club until at least January, perhaps as a sign of good-will, especially with the departure of Robin Van Persie.
Walcott has fallen behind in the pecking order at Arsenal and will be keen to move somewhere we can get first-team football.
I believe if the opportunity arises in January, Arsenal should cash in and let Theo go and let a player who has not lived up to his expectations go. Walcott has previously expressed his desire to play a more central role at the club, but as he is poor in the air and is not strong enough physically, he was never going to convince Arsene.
With Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gervinho and Podolski all able to operate on the flanks, Arsenal would not miss Walcott if he were allowed to leave. However, though I believe that the time is right to let him leave, it should be to a club abroad. Arsene never wanted to sell RVP to Man United, but as they were the only ones to meet the club’s valuation, he had no choice.
Come January, the club should seriously consider offloading Walcott and not run the risk of letting his contract run down, seeing him leave for free at the end of the season.