The Daily Mail has reported that Van Persie’s soon exit might spark a player exodus amongst the ranks at Arsenal.
After Van Persie admitted that he will not be signing a new contract at the club, with his current contract expiring at the end of next season, Arsenal have found themselves in a situation where both their starting XI attackers, Walcott and captain Robin Van Persie, have only one year remaining at the club.
With the skipper of Arsenal wanting to leave the club, the paper has suggested that Theo Walcott might follow him out of the door which will deliver a final blow to Arsenal fans.
Whilst the beginning of the season was poor for the 23 year old, his season kickstarted in the final 3 months of the campaign which saw Arsenal finish in 3rd place. But with a lack of investment being put into the club, a 7 year run without any silverware and the frustration of always losing their best players, Walcott is waiting for alternatives.
Even though his family have suggested that he is happy at the club, other Premier League teams which are moving forward such as Chelsea and even North London rivals Spurs are said to be interested in signing the winger.
With his pace and crossing accuracy being at its peak in a 4-3-3 formation, Walcott’s most favourable position is the right side of the striker where he continues to deliver perfect passes, some which were seen nationwide as Walcott gave the England team a boost in the Euro’s as he made his impact after coming on as a subsitute against Sweden. Losing the game 2-1 at the time of being brought on, Walcott scored the equaliser, followed by assisting the winner which helped England top Group D, ahead of France.
But is Walcott to Spurs a viable option?
With Walcott being estimated to cost around £14million considering his current contract situation, could Spurs come in and steal him from their London rivals?
Theo has said that he wants a £40,000 a week rise from his current £60,000 per week contract in order to persuade him to stay and Tottenham might be able to get closer to that figure than the wage-strict Gunners. After splashing out on £70,000 a week contract for new addition Sigurdsson, it appears that Tottenham have adapted a new wage structure, emphasised by a six figure salary per week for star player Gareth Bale.
Walcott assisted 8 goals last season in the Premier League and scored 8 too in a total of 35 games. In comparison to Rafael Van Der Vaart, who had to play as right midfield in place of the injured Aaron Lennon at various points of the season, he scored 11 goals and assisted 7 in only 33 appearances.
So whilst there is no doubt that Walcott has the potential to be a very good signing for any team he plays for, with other options available at both Chelsea and Tottenham when it comes to the starting XI, it would be silly for Walcott to leave Arsenal in order to face the likely situation of keeping the bench warm as a substitute.
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