Emirates Stadium winger on Stamford Bridge radar.
Chelsea move for Walcott as winger ready to follow Fabregas, Clichy and Nasri through exit door
Chelsea are about to add further misery to Arsenal’s summer by launching a bid for Theo Walcott. With the unsettled Samir Nasri heading to Manchester City along with Gael Clichy, and Cesc Fabregas looking certain to join Barcelona, the loss of a fourth key player would be a body blow at the Emirates.
But the bad news has not stopped manager Arsene Wenger committing his future to the club, as he insisted he was trying hard to bring in new players.
The Frenchman, who came in for criticism last week as the prospect of losing midfielders Fabregas and Nasri and defender Clichy grew more likely, urged Gunners fans to be patient over the club’s transfer strategy.
‘I’m very happy at Arsenal,’ said Wenger. ‘One sign of intelligence in life is to not always to want what you don’t have. Appreciate what you have.
‘Everyone is on standby at the moment, keeping their cards close to their chests, and waiting for someone to make the first move. Everyone wants to make that great signing and I’m focused on those objectives and am very busy on the telephone.’
Some of those calls may need to be made to Walcott over the coming days. The winger, who has an uneasy relationship with Wenger mainly because he feels he has not been given the first-team opportunities the new year and paid the price in the final sprint. We also had players like Fabregas and Robin van Persie out injured for a long time.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
By all accounts new Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas rates Arsenal winger Theo Walcott and some sources state that the West London club are willing to make an offer of £20m for the 22 year old, an offer Arsene Wenger will no doubt refuse, but what does the Gunners boss do if the England international forces the issue by slapping in a transfer request?
The former Southampton man may feel the time is right to leave the North London club, as it appears, do a few of his team-mates. Wenger is struggling to prevent a mass exodus with the likes of Gael Clichy, Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas all pushing to leave this summer after a sixth season without silverware.
Last season was arguably Walcott’s most productive with the youngster netting 13 goals in all competitions, despite this however the winger was by no means a regular at the club, starting just 19 Premier League games last season and coming off the bench a further 13 times.
Chelsea could well do with new wide options, especially if Villas Boas elects to offload some of his ageing attacking options. There has been strong speculation that Florent Malouda and Nicolas Anelka may be on their way back to France and Didier Drogba may well also leave Stamford Bridge.
Further wide options in the form of Yuri Zhirkov and Salomon Kalou also failed to make a consistent impact last term so a move for a player like Theo Walcott would make sense but one would imagine the chances of such a deal taking place between two rival sides is distinctly improbable.