So after deciding not to renew his current contract at the club, Theo Walcott has spoken out about the reason behind his decision. The England international claims that his decision was not money-motivated but more about being played out of position at the club.
Now I am not sure why Theo thinks that he can question Arsene Wenger, but he’s adamant the boss has got it wrong. Walcott believes that his best position is through the middle as a striker and he has spoken of his desire to emulate Arsenal legend Theirry Henry.
We all know Henry’s story. Young French winger converted to a striker by Wenger and it was stroke of genius. But for Walcott to believe that he can reach those heights? He must be deluded. This is not the first time Walcott has spoken about his desperation to play as a striker, but if Arsene did not listen then, why would he now? With Robin Van Persie heading to Old Trafford, Wenger decided to look abroad rather than within the club.
‘I want to be an Arsenal legend. Thierry joined the club when he was 22 and I want to become an Arsenal legend like him, playing up front as well, which is a big factor for me,’ said Walcott.
Walcott hopes that the contract situation can be sorted out soon and wants to concentrate on his football.
‘Hopefully, something can be sorted out. I’ll just wait for the club to get back to us now and go from there. It’s a slow process. My last contract took over six months to happen. Hopefully, it can be sorted out,’ Walcott said.
‘I’ve never said I wanted to go, I’ve always wanted to stay,’ he added.
Walcott is hoping to impress Wenger in a forward role on Tuesday when Arsenal face Coventry City in the Capital One Cup. However, if Walcott is given the chance to shine upfront, I still believe that Wenger will decide not to use him primarily as a striker. Walcott is looking for reassurances with regards to playing time at the club, but I do not think he’ll get what he is looking for.