It is becoming increasingly likely that Theo Walcott will be the next high-profile player to leave the Emirates and apply his trade elsewhere. After seeing the likes of Fabregas, Nasri and Van Persie leave, Arsenal fans will be preparing themselves for the worst as deadline day approaches. Theo is the latest player to balk at the wages being offered to him and speculation is rife that, as talks have broken down, he will seek a way out from the club.
Walcott has apparently rejected Arsenal’s offer of £75,000 a week (Guardian.co.uk) and this has alerted Man City and Liverpool to his availability. With his contract up at the end of the season, it seems that the club are willing to listen to offers and get the best possible price for him, just as with Van Persie. With Adam Johnson having left for Sunderland and Scott Sinclair’s proposed move apparently off, it seems that the Etihad may be his likely destination. City are certainly a club that would be able to afford his wages. Having seen Van Persie move to bitter rivals Man Utd, Walcott may be disillusioned at the club and keen to seek a move away.
I believe that it would be excellent business if Arsenal received £15 million for him. I do not think that he has lived up to the reputation that preceded him and certainly do not think he is deserving of a higher salary. The club have made it clear that they will not break the bank for player’s wages and I firmly believe in the business model adopted. The long-term sustainability of the club is very important.
However, Wenger will have to act quickly and find a replacement before the 11pm deadline on Friday. Just as Podolski and Giroud were brought in to soften the blow of Van Persie leaving, new recuits will be needed to replace Walcott. It is such a shame that in this day and age, playing for the shirt no longer matters. It is all about lining your pockets.
Time is ticking and Arsenal fans better had brace themselves for a busy next few days.