Where would Theo go?

While most people associated with Arsenal are currently obsessing over the Robin van Persie fiasco, other members of the squad have a proverbial clock ticking away over their head.

One of those is Alex Song, but the one I’m going to focus on is Theo Walcott. 

With Walcott’s contract situation still not resolved (shock) and his bum-chum Van Persie preparing to head for the exit, the Gunners could be about to lose some more firepower in attack. 

RVP has been linked with most of Europe’s elite, with Manchester City and Juventus thought to be the most enthusiastic about taking the Dutchman off our hands. 

No matter how much Roberto Mancini rules out a move for our captain, I will never believe him. After all he is the same guy that said Carlos Tevez would never play for City again. Plus the Italian has just signed a bumper five-year deal with City worth £37m, they clearly offer good contracts at the Etihad.

And seeing as that RVP made Walcott look good for the majority of last season, it wouldn’t overly surprise me if he made his exit from the club.

But the main question that is intriguing me is, where would Walcott go?

The England winger has been linked with both Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, yet I can’t see either of these two clubs wanting the 23-year-old.

For a start, let’s look at the Blues.

While I don’t expect for one minute that Roberto Di Matteo’s (or Roman Abramovich’s for that matter) summer spending to be over just yet, look at who they have already recruited to Stamford Bridge.

Marko Marin joined before the conclusion of last season from Weder Bremen and offers a wealth of pace and trickery. The fact that he was snapped up so quickly also suggests that Chelsea were very keen to sign him.

And then there is Eden Hazard who cost £30m.

Now you don’t pay a handsome sum of money like that for a player only to leave him on the bench do you?

Well, less about Torres from last season.

Hazard may only be 21, but it seems like he has been dictating the game in France for donkey’s years now. And he isn’t just an emerging youngster who shows potential, he is a talent and is fulfilling right now.

Those two aside, Chelsea still have the likes of Juan Mata, Daniel Sturridge, Ryan Bertrand and Florent Malouda just off the top on my head, so why would they want or need Walcott.

Likewise with Spurs, they have potentially the best wide pairing in the Premier League with Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon operating the flanks. 

So once again, Theo would be playing second fiddle to starting players.

One other potential idea could be to finally convert Walcott into a centre-forward. And before anyone says that it worked for Thierry Henry, he had a height and strength advantage over Theo, as well as trickery, skill and a brain. But it’s no secret that Walcott has longed to be a leading striker, and to be honest been rather patient about it.

Whether or not he gets his chance remains a mystery but, with the new arrivals of Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud, I wouldn’t bet on it.

From what I hear, which isn’t going to be any more exclusive from the news that you will be receiving, Walcott is happy at the Emirates and doesn’t really want to leave the club.

However a lot changes in football, and with the way Arsenal are playing their contract game, I wouldn’t bet against it.

Matt Cotton
@FindingCotton

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