Theo Walcott quickly became a house hold name among the Arsenal faithful at a very young age. Following his move from Southampton, the young star was tipped, perhaps somewhat prematurely, to be wearing the legendary number 14 for sometime to come and the Englishman was destined for greatness. Over time, Walcott has continued to show flashes of brilliance and signs that he can rise to the surface and be Arsenal’s key man when necessary, in particular when Wenger’s needed somebody to step up following the departure of Robin Van Persie. Following the Dutchman’s move to Manchester United, up stepped Theo Walcott in the form of his life and Theo was able to become the clubs leading scorer that season, with many calling for him to be played through the middle. In the press, Walcott continued to be hyped up and on the pitch, his performances did the hype justice.
However issues regarding a new contract extension did sometimes take the attention away from the feats he’d achieved on the pitch. There were calls from fans and players all over the world and even the famous YouTube sensation “sign DA thing ” was made in an attempt to get Theo to commit his future to Arsenal. And typically, he did.
All in all, Walcott’s goal-scoring form soon became the norm at the club, and following the arrival of German Mesut Ozil, the possibilities looked endless for Arsenal with different avenues of attack possible in a side that looked capable of challenging in all competitions. Inevitably, Arsenal fans were eager to see both players play together and gel on a regular basis but sadly this was not to be with injuries and an abdominal problem hindering what looked potentially like a powerful partnership at the beginning of the season. After wining the battle, Arsenal lost the war , in January in an FA cup victory against Liverpool, with what seemed to be a small injury to the knee for Theo Walcott but later proved to be an ACL injury. This therefore ruled Walcott out for six months and all but ended his season. As you would expect, this would have been a bitter blow for not just the club and the fans, but also the player himself.
Away from Arsenal with regards to the international setup with Roy Hodgson’s England, Walcott has been an integral part of the English team and the Englishman was restricted of the chance to prove himself on the international stage. And considering that he had never played at a World Cup, injury meant Walcott had just missed another dream opportunity. After a late recovery and some minor set backs, unfortunately for Arsenal, Theo Walcott has still not been able to find a way back into the Arsenal squad and there is no doubt that will continue to be a very difficult task with Alexis Sanchez , Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla playing at the peak of their powers.
Although Arsene Wenger remains confident that Theo will strive to return to the Walcott of old, many fans and pundits continue to think otherwise. Wenger’s plan to convert Theo to a striker is one option, but one which might not go down well with many Arsenal faithful and one which some think will restrict Theo from using his most powerful attributes. Throughout his career, Walcott has serves the Arsenal faithfully, committing his future to a team and sticking with them when they needed him most. It’d surely be unfair to give the Englishman the boot and force him to move away which can only be done through the non-renewal of his contract. But as the English press continue to apply the pressure of a potential move away, with Liverpool making the top of the list, it looks likely that even if the star is not to leave, that there will be widespread interest in acquiring his services over the Summer.
So should Arsenal fans sit in anticipation awaiting an offer of twenty million and one pound? Theo Walcott remains a player with enormous potential to say the least and despite the many set-backs he has encountered, the careers of both Arjen Robben and former Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie suggest there is still hope for Walcott; never say die till the bones are rotten that’s for sure. But where does his future lie? Personally, a move to Liverpool will be a downward spiral for the Arsenal star. My crystal ball says Walcott should stay and fight for his place, make the most of any opportunities, enjoy playing both in England and in Europe and sit patiently, hoping Arsene Wenger makes his dream come true, employing him through the centre.
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