Long serving Arsenal man Theo Walcott could be heading out this summer. It seems Arsene Wenger is ready to clean up the closet this transfer window and bring in some new pair of legs.
Arsenal have become a bit of a youth academy for bigger clubs in the past few years. Their transfer policy has had little buying of big players unless available or purchasing in positions that required attention. Players like Nasri, Clichy, Van Persie, and Fabregas all developed their game with Arsenal just to end up helping their rivals win titles.
More recently Arsenal have added Ozil and Sanchez to help encourage players to stay. Yet it can’t just end there. Arsenal need to get rid of deadwood and purchase more players more frequently to challenge on all four fronts.
Arsenal forward Theo Walcott is one to be axed in the hopes of securing better talent. The English man is on the cusp of joining West Ham in the summer transfer window, according to reports. He has spent 10 years at the club since his move from Southampton in 2006 yet he has failed to make the development they thought he would. Walcott has scored 85 goals for the Gunners since he joined.
Walcott is aware that a move needs to occur as other English players continue to move above him in the national team pecking order. He will need to ensure he gets more game-time and obviously perform better to keep his place in the future.
A move of £20 million is expected and West Ham are keen to match that. West Ham are also eyeing Ligue 1 attacking talents Michy Batshuayi and Alexandre Lacazette. It seems the Hammers are looking to ensure their form at the beginning of the campaign can be replicated throughout next season.
Should Arsenal really let Walcott leave? Sure the fee is worth it. And hopefully Wenger tries to acquire someone else to keep the squad balanced.