Reports: Walcott linked with Everton and Southampton

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Theo Walcott’s future with Arsenal is very much in the air, not least because of his lack of playing time this season.

Despite featuring in the Europa League and Carabao Cup, the man who scored 19 goals last season has yet to start a game in the Premier League, and has played just over 45 minutes football in the league during the current campaign.

It seems clear that he’s been very much marginalised by Arsene Wenger, and even with Olivier Giroud out injured, he remained on the bench as the Gunners looked for goals against West Brom on Sunday.

The 29 year old, who has 18 months left on his current contract, has been linked strongly with a move back to his former club Southampton who are cash rich from the sale of Virgin van Dyke to Liverpool.

Sam Allardyce is also keen to boost his attacking options at Everton, but it seems more likely that a return to the south coast is on the cards.

Earlier today, Arsene Wenger spoke about his plans for January, suggesting he is on the lookout for new players, but that the contractual situations hanging over Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere would play a part in any potential business.

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Twatsloch
Twatsloch

All the best and good luck to him at his old club.

Runcorn Gooner
Runcorn Gooner

Cannot see TW14 being released until AW knows what striking combinations he has left after January.

IamaGoober

@Runcorn Gooner

The only way I can see Walcott staying will be down to whether or not the player digs his heals in. But considering its a World Cup year and he is what? 28/29 now. Surely he has to be looking to actually try and get a game in Russia. Or maybe not. It wouldn’t surprise me if Walcott wants to stay at big comfy Arsenal collecting his £140K a week to just use the gym at London Colney.

The guy has played a little over 45 minutes combined this season and its January now. So keeping him around at this point doesn’t really make any sense.

Heavenly Chapecoense
Heavenly Chapecoense

Wasn’t lucky to have a coach who only bet on passes. Our game is so slow now that the quality of Theo’s run became useless
Walcott had himself to blame for not putting defensive efforts. Wenger is to be blamed for everything else.

IamaGoober

That is nonsense.

Theo Walcott literally won the lottery. He was never ever good enough to become a professional footballer at the top level of the game, especially playing at a club as big as Arsenal.

He only started playing football at like 14 or something, and it honestly shows. His first touch is genuinely; his decision making; his off the ball intelligence; his actual physicality and work rate are all genuinely awful. The only thing he has ever had going for him is the fact he is really fast and his marketability.

The latter being the only reason why some Arsenal fans rate him. If you’ve spent a vast majority of your life going to Arsenal home and away watching him week in week, you would realise how miles behind he is from where a player of his age, with his experience should actually be.

The fact we are paying him £140,000 is laughable. His salary is in turn actually causing us all sorts of problems in the long run. Because you’ve got players like Ozil and Sanchez representatives saying well if you’re paying Walcott £140K a week, our clients are worth £250K a week without question.

And the club are refusing to budge, so of course those guys want out.

And all of the above is the reason why Theo Walcott has featured less and less over the last few seasons, because Arsene Wenger has finally been able to see what Theo is actually like as player. And the bottom line is. He isn’t good enough.

Heavenly Chapecoense
Heavenly Chapecoense

How did he score 19 goals last year and reached 100 goals at Arsenal with all the injuries he had.? In terms of goals per minute played for wingers, he must be in top five of league. How do you compare him to Welbeck and Iwobi in terms of end product ?

Granit(e) hard!
Granit(e) hard!

Well said!…and I agree 100%

personally?..I don’t agree with the “Theo bashing” that some seem to find quite easy to do. Walcott has a special skill set, speed and efficiency in front of goal. Cazorla, the ambidextrous magician he is not. simple!

Play to his strengths, and he will get you bags of goals. when you don’t, he ‘looks’ completely useless on the pitch. The reality though is he is still doing what he always does….run behind the defense all day, the only problem is, nobody is spotting the runs to make use of it, and by the way, the more you play him the more confident he gets and the deadlier he becomes in the 18yd box.

Does this make him a terrible footballer like
some think?..no, not in my opinion. He offers you something different on the pitch, The question is is that the skill set that your team needs?…if you do, you keep him, if not you sell! That is the question Arsene needs to ask himself. If he does go and he is fortunate to go to a club that plays to his strength, i bet any amount the day will come when some of his critics will look at his goal scoring record there and wonder why did we sell? or how come he did not do that here?…simple answer is its how you use Theo that determines what you get out of him!.

Dennis

He is not a fucking winger!! He is a crap cf!

IamaGoober

Because he’s been at Arsenal for over a decade mate. He averages 5 goals a season in the Premier League. Its taken him 13 seasons to score 65 goals.

Hazard as an example has scored the same amount of goals in 5 seasons.

As another example Alexis has scored 60 goals in a little over 3 seasons.

Another one; Raheem Sterling has scored 45 goals in 4 Premier League seasons.

Even Aaron Ramsey has managed to score 32 goals in just under 6 seasons. And he’s a central midfielder, and lets not forget his injury record is worse than Walcotts.

I could literally go on and on. The other 35 odd goals are mainly scored in the FA and League Cup. Which take him over the 100 mark average out at another 2 and bit goals a season.

Looking at things completely objectively that sort of return isn’t worth the £140,000 a week. The guy should’ve been sold years ago.

Dennis

Blogs let me up vote this 1 hundred times. I hate Walcott!!!!!!!

SB Still
SB Still

Maybe this is the exit Wenger was talking about when he said we respond well to big players leaving! One can only hope.

Hope with the new off the field team in place we’ll be able to manage the transfer market better (both buying and selling) and it make even make Wenger see it as an opportunity rather than a curse.

Arun
Arun

Good for all parties concerned if the move happens.
But we should do this business in the summer due to the current campaign’s Europa League exploits where we will need all the depth we can afford to have!

cygan\'sbaldspot
cygan\'sbaldspot

can’t believe i’m saying this but I’d rather use walcott on the RW than iwobi. at least he has some end product. iwobi contributes nothing!

baz00r
baz00r

I second that. Iwobi is overrated. Honestly he couldn’t score in a brothel. At least Walcott is half decent putting the ball in the back of the net.

santori
santori

Iwobi is not overrated.

he is only 22yrs. Plenty of upside potential.

He has great close control and he works for the team.

Walcott has reached the end of his abilities. His work is based on pace which will only wane as he gets older.

That said, he may have better impact then Iwobi at the moment depending on how we use him.

But Iwobi is the future.

😉

caligunner
caligunner

He’s a player without a position. He can’t score or create enough in the AM or Winger position. He doesn’t work hard enough to be a DM. Plus he doesn’t track back.

He just isn’t good enough at 22 to be a regular player for Arsenal.

Dennis

Agreed…did nobody watch iwobi score against Argentina. Walcott never in a million

baz00r
baz00r

Umm yeh. If Iwobi is the future of Arsenal, with all due respect to Iwobi we won’t be winning anything decent anytime soon.

ronaldo
ronaldo

I cant either, iwobi is a far better player

Hadvar
Hadvar

“Virgin van Dyke” : If he gets himself down a scouse wetherspoons on a friday night, he wont be a virgin for long.

TeeCee
TeeCee

Obviously one of the few players who has yet to get himself fucked at Stoke.

John C
John C

I’m a big advocate of getting rid of players like Walcott but considering how hard we find scoring goals at the moment this has real potential of biting us in the arse if he isn’t replaced. We’re an injury or “injury” to Sanchez away from being completely impotent up front.

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

We have Perez to recall if necessary.

COYG
COYG

“We” as in Chelsea? Cause we all know what team you support. It isn’t Arsenal.

John C
John C

We all know you support Spurs

badaab
badaab

Why are you an advocate for selling players like walcott? This isn’t explained. Is it his wages? His abilities? His lack of form? Your run on sentence offers nothing to explain why you’re an “advocate” for selling walcott, so i will assume it’s because you have a bias.
Theo has over stayed his welcome. And he looks well off the pace required to compete in the premier this year. He costs us USA lot in wages and yet doesn’t perform when we need him to, even when shown the opportunity of captaincy by Wenger when he starts league cup or fa cup games. He for a player of his age, experience, and supposed ability, he doesn’t appear interested in fighting for the side, or a place in it. That’s why he should be sold in January- because we need start to build now for the massive overhaul the side will require in the summer.

John C
John C

You’re free to assume what you like and I don’t feel the need to explain myself but you yourself have given a whole host of reason why I advocate selling Walcott

COYG
COYG

Do you want him at Chelsea so you can see him every week?

John C
John C

Do you want him at Spurs for the reopening of the lane?

Dennis

I.d love to see him earning massive wages and wasting a squad place at chelsea or spuds

Dennis

Or incompetent

Brown American Gooner
Brown American Gooner

Please just move him. I wish Arsene had a little more ruthlessness when it comes to underperforming players

Shank

Walcs ….. it’s time to leave the comfort zone.
On a non related issue…… is it just me, or is Mourinho a nasty piece of work?

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

Ramsey next?

badaab
badaab

Ramsey will be retained at a high cost to the club. We meet central midfield players, especially into next season, and Aaron will be in a strong position to bargain with the club.

jack jack jack
jack jack jack

Get rid of our best midfielder. Great idea.

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

Good midfielder who is sometimes great and most of the time undisciplined. More consistency from him and I wouldn’t wish him gone.

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

Tbh I think under a more tactical manager, Ramsey would either be more disciplined or just play as an AM.

Could you honestly see Ramsey perform and develop into the player he is now under Pep? No way would he allow it. Even De Bruyne said Pep coached out unnecessary fancy backheels out of him.

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

Considering how he’s performed for Wales the times I’ve seen them you might be right about that.

Chris Kiwomya
Chris Kiwomya

He didn’t coach them out of Sanchez

Adriano
Adriano

I’ve been saying for years that he should be included in Front 3 or Front 4 conversation and ruled out as a box-to-box. We get so much more solidity with someone like Jack. Ramsey just needs to fly with complete freedom and centrally.
I truly believe that he will be the first to fill either Alexis’ or Mesuts boots.

Fergal
Fergal

Good move for all parties if Southampton can afford him. There are some comments about squad depth, but I would honestly rather see RN or Eddie getting more Europa playing time.. Anyway, best of luck to him, he’s a solid professional who just doesn’t seem to fit at Arsenal anymore.

QMantis
QMantis

It’s weird the way wenger treats some players. Plays some to death and others will only play when they finialy break down. Others don’t get a look in no matter how bad were playing. Other’s are bought but hardly get a look in. others will never be good enough but seem to be kept around ‘for just in case’ while some youngster’s get a shot but not in their best positions ect. It’s all a bit underwhelming.

David Hillier\'s luggage
David Hillier\'s luggage

You’ve listed a number of situations there, where does Walcott fit into them? Played to death and breaking down (think back to the playing time up to some of his injuries over the years), hardly gets a look in/kept just in case (you could argue this has been the last 12 months for Theo) or a youngster ‘not in their best position’ (think back to that lost 17 year old lad playing right side of a midfield 4)?

Adriano
Adriano

Stick round the club long enough I guess one can try out all the roles

Banksy
Banksy

This is it. Walcott scored 19 goals last season. It’s hard to criticise him this year when he hasn’t had many minutes in the prem. He was dropped imo for saying in that post game interview that some players werent up for the fight. Wenger baffles me. Is Theo any worse than Welbeck?

Dennis

Much worse

Dennis

Underwhelming is the understatement of the century

Shank

Qmantis certainly describes how we are frustrated by the great man.
“Wenger knows”, is replaced in recent years by “Wenger used to know”

Huss
Huss

I don’t have strong feelings about Theo either way. I just know he’s represented Arsenal well and any footballer at that stage of their career should be wanting a more consistent run of playing time. I hope he finds it.

santori
santori

If we don’t add and just ship out Walcott…it won’t make us stronger.

We need to add a Mahrez on the right flank to balance out Alexis (or whoever) And help carry the offensive load with Bellerin.

We are unbalanced at the moment and crucially lacking in technicality.

caligunner
caligunner

Can always count on a Mahrez name drop

Yankee Gooner
Yankee Gooner

And maybe a little Draxler

berlingoon
berlingoon

I know it’s completely off topic but I found this too funny to not share it with you:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMVbfTeGQX8
Conte’s press conference. Just listen to the few seconds from 9:47 on. One of the best bloopers ever, if you ask me.

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

Walcott isnt actually good enough for a club chasing title ambitions. The fact he’s been with us for over a decade I said an indictment on Wenger. No other top manager would’ve kept such a limited player for so long. We reduced the chances of guys like Gnabry and Campbell beause of Theo’s place in then squad.

But do you know what’s a bigger indictment? The fact we may sell him when we need him, which is exactly how he’s lasted for so long. We never got rid because we never had any better. It was a marriage made of convenience.

And that’s just terrible, for both parties.

caligunner
caligunner

Lol you would have gotten rid of Theo at 19-20 years of age?

Sure your hatred for AW clouds everything you write. Campbell is crap sorry to burst your bubble.

Dennis

Walcott is worse

Vonnie
Vonnie

Theos representatives managed to get two exceedingly good contracts for him because of the situation at the club when his contracts came up for renewal. They basically had the club over a barrel after RvP left, and made the most of it, and played hardball when he wouldn’t sign da ting. I think they pissed off the manager and the club and now it’s payback time. If Theo moves he will be unplayable for a couple of games ( he can do it!) then either get injured or fizzle out back to his normal feeble self. If we can get cash for him we should move him on.

allezkev
allezkev

If Theo doesn’t play at Forest in the FACup then I suppose he must be off as he isn’t injured.

Vital
Vital

Comparing Welbz and Walcott, wenger is crazy!

ronaldo
ronaldo

how many times have we heard this story, I wish he would go, but we will see

Dennis

I want to up vote this again

ronaldo
ronaldo

yeah, yeah, we,ve heard it all before, I wish it was true but I will believe it when I see it, his going is LONG OVERDUE

Dennis

Get fuckin rid
….pls!!!!!!!!!!!

Dennis

Arsenal are shit… Wenger is worse…and Theo is the worst of all.

A thoroughly disenchanted fan?