Everton and Southampton fans were drowning their sorrows in the Transfer Tavern over the weekend, in stark contrast to our resident West Ham supporters.
Slaven Bilic’s men recorded their second Premier League victory of the campaign by edging past Swansea City 1-0 at the London Stadium, whereas Ronald Koeman’s Toffees lost at home to Burnley, and Mauricio Pellegrino’s Saints went down 2-1 at Stoke City.
All three sides though remain in the bottom half of the top-flight after seven games of the campaign, which is why our resident fans of the trio are likely to be intrigued by a recent report from Graeme Bailey of The Gambling Times, which outlines some interesting information regarding Arsenal’s Theo Walcott.
The 28-year-old moved to the North London outfit back in 2006 after coming up through the ranks at Southampton, and he has since gone on to make 390 appearances for the Gunners, netting 107 goals in the process, of which 65 have come in the Premier League.
However, the England international has struggled for regular football under Arsene Wenger in recent times and hasn’t played more than 30 Premier League games in a season since 2012/13, and with just three appearances so far this term, all of which from the bench, his future has been plunged into doubt.
And it’s doubt that the aforementioned Premier League trio are seeking to exploit, as reports suggest that Walcott could be moved on in January if he is unable to stake a claim for regular football at the Emirates Stadium.
And as such Everton, Southampton, and West Ham, as well as basement side Crystal Palace, are all reportedly keen on a move for the 28-year-old, who would certainly bolster the attacking ranks at all the above sides in their respective quests to climb the Premier League table.
Landlord’s verdict: Theo Walcott has been at Arsenal for 11 years, yet it feels like we are still waiting for him to fulfil his undoubted potential.
Too many times injuries or a lack of form have got in the way of the England star nailing down a regular spot in Arsene Wenger’s side, and time may now be running out on the 28-year-old’s Gunners future if he is unable to stake a claim for regular first team football.
Ultimately, the ball is firmly in Walcott’s court, but the forward will surely have next summer’s World Cup in mind, and if improvements aren’t made between now and January, a move away, with Everton, Southampton, and West Ham reportedly circling, could be what he needs to get into Gareth Southgate’s squad for Russia.
Thus, there’s a pivotal few months in store for Walcott, both in terms of his club future, and his international future.
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