Until Theo Walcott commits to the club or January arrives, it seems that this story will continue to run. And bore us all as it does so.
The latest rumours suggest that either Manchester City or Liverpool will offer Walcott a route out of the Emirates and allow him to play in the central striking position that he craves. However the likelihood of either move happening is questionable. Firstly, if he moves to Man City, he will not get a game.
And if he does, it’s likely to be in cup competitions. Man City boast Aguero, Tevez, Balotelli and Dzeko. Unless a couple are offloaded couple in January, they do not need any other attacking options. There Walcott will be warming the bench. But who knows, offer someone £100,000 to sit on the bench and they may bite your hand off.
The more likely option would be Liverpool. If Walcott were to move to Merseyside, there would be far more opportunities for first team football. Brendan Rodgers is having to rely on his younger talent this season, and whilst they have been impressive, it is hard to see them perform well all season. Borini is yet to find his form, leaving heavy reliance upon Luis Suarez.
Therefore, Walcott may get the opportunity. However, I do hope that Arsene does not allow Walcott to leave for another Premier League club. That mistake has already been made with Robin Van Persie and the Dutchman has got off to a great start at Man United. Also, the question is whether Walcott would want to play for a club that will struggle to make it in to the Champions League.
Walcott has continually spoken about his wish to play through the middle at Arsenal. Whilst Wenger believes that Walcott may be able to play in that role, he believes that there is already plenty of competition for that role.
Wenger said, “I’m not against it, I’m not against it at all but we try and at the moment there is big competition up front, we have a different formula and the team is doing well.”
Arsenal legend Ian Wright has spoken about Walcott’s ability and believes that the Englishman should be given the chance to play as a striker.
“Wenger has been saying for a long time that he sees Theo developing into a striker, so give the guy a chance to prove he can do it. If it doesn’t work, then fair enough, but give it has to be worth a try,” said Wright.
With the uncertainty set to continue, Wenger will be keen for Walcott to outline his intentions as soon as possible.