Theo Walcott scored 19 goals for Arsenal last season, but the move to a back three made him the most significant casualty of the formation change and his playing time has since plummeted.
This season he has yet to start a Premier League league, has less than 60 minutes of domestic league action to his name, and speculation is mounting that his time at the club could be coming to an end.
He’s been linked with a January move to Everton, and when asked if the 28 year old would be offered new terms with the Gunners, Arsene Wenger was somewhat guarded.
“That’s difficult for me to answer,” he said. “First of all, the player has to be happy to come to the table and and analyse his situation. I haven’t started yet.”
As for his mood and the fact he has become a bit-part player, starting only in the Europa League and Carabao Cup, the Arsenal manager admitted the former Southampton man was not happy.
“Of course he is frustrated but he is focused, I tell you,” he said. “He doesn’t give up at all and is more determined than ever.”
Whether that focus and determination is enough to see him regain a place on a regular basis is very much in doubt, but the winger is in line to start tonight against BATE Borisov in the Europa League, and it’s up to him to give Arsene Wenger something to think about.