Arsenal: Should Theo Walcott be sold in January?

According to reports, Theo Walcott could be leaving Arsenal in January after 11 years at the club. Here are two reasons for Walcott’s departure and two reasons against.

Arsenal should keep Theo Walcott because…

Useful squad member

Theo Walcott is no longer a first team regular but he is a useful squad member. He scored the only goal in the EFL Cup third round win over Doncaster Rovers as well as scoring twice against BATE Borisov in the Europa League before selflessly giving up the chance to get his hat-trick so that Olivier Giroud could take the penalty and score his 100th goal for Arsenal. If Walcott is content with a place on the bench, he could be a good option for Arsenal to have this season, especially with the Europa League to think about.

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When in form, he’s a good finisher

Last season Walcott was Arsenal’s third highest goalscorer in the Premier League and second highest in all competitions with 19 goals in total. That was his second best season in front of goal, just behind the 21-goal campaign of 2012-13. From a wide position, that is not to be sniffed at. The issue is whether he stays fit and can make that sort of impact on a more regular basis.

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Arsenal should sell Theo Walcott because…

Good chance to offload one of the club’s highest earners

Considering he is not in the first-team plans, Walcott would not be a huge miss for Arsenal. More importantly, the wage bill would decrease significantly with his departure. Walcott is one of the club’s highest earners on around £140,000 a week. He has 18 months left on the contract he signed in 2015 and this would be the best time to offload him before clubs start to lose interest and look elsewhere.

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He has never lived up to his potential

Walcott joined Arsenal, from Southampton, in 2006 and seemed to be the next big thing. However, things have not quite turned out as planned. Walcott, like many Arsenal players, has spent a lot of time on the treatment table and the injuries have really affected his career. He also seems unsure of his best position, deciding to be a forward player one season before going back to a winger the next season. If he doesn’t know his best position at 28, he never will.

Then there is the major issue of being offside. I can’t remember the last game Theo Walcott played in without being offside at least once. It’s ridiculous. There is no point running in behind the opposition if you haven’t timed your runs properly. It’s one of the biggest issues in Walcott’s game and the offside rule is basic.

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Theo Walcott has been linked with three Premier League clubs – West Ham United, Everton and former club Southampton. The most surprising interest has come from overseas. Serie A side Inter Milan are considering a January move for the winger. In my opinion, Theo Walcott has overstayed his welcome at Arsenal. Due to injuries and being in and out of the squad, Walcott has never lived up to his potential. Arsenal should cash in on the 28-year-old, before it’s too late.

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