Theo Walcott’s Arsenal future was cast into further doubt this week after rumours of a potential bust-up with manager Arsene Wenger emerged in the British press. The 26-year-old is yet to agree a new contract with the Gunners, and has recently attracted interest from Liverpool.
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These rumours were quickly denied by the player, who described reports regarding his supposed contract demands as ‘complete nonsense’.
However, his continued insistence that he has yet to open contract talks with the club, comes in stark contrast to comments made by the Gunners, with Wenger revealing that Walcott “is very quick on the pitch, but off the pitch not always”.
With Walcott’s future continuing to dominate discussion among many Arsenal fans, we’re prepared to question why a player causing so many distractions at such a crucial time in the season should not always be on the way out the door!
In the list below, we count down five reasons why Walcott would do well to let Walcott leave the club in the summer…
Failure to deliver
It’s almost a decade since Arsenal signed a 17-year-old Theo Walcott from Southampton. The summer of 2006 also saw Walcott win the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year Award and earn a shock call-up to England’s World Cup squad. The world was seemingly at his feet. However, we’re still seemingly awaiting the moment that Walcott truly lives up to all that potential. His tally of 72 goals in 294 games is decent – he got 21 in the 2012-13 season – but somehow it’s hard not to feel a sense of anti-climax as the player’s career reaches its peak.