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What next for misfiring Gunner Theo Walcott?


BASED ON recent showings Theo Walcott’s Arsenal career may only last as long as their appearance in the Carabao Cup. Despite the former Southampton man being given the armband by manager Arsene Wenger for League Cup and Europa League games, his lack of appearances in their Premier league matchday squad suggests that the Frenchman is finally losing patience with the one time boy wonder.

Walcott is currently the club’s longest serving player at the age of 28 but it looks unlikely that he will go down in any history books as one of the greatest. Or even as a fan favourite.
There are more questions than answers regarding Walcott. Many increasingly feel that he has started to lose some of the speed that once made him so explosive.

Players losing their pace is not uncommon but unlike someone like Michael Owen, you have to wonder if the forward will contribute enough elsewhere on the pitch to warrant a regular place in any of under pressure Wenger’s teams this season.

Due to his premature call-up to the England World Cup squad at the age of 17, the player was afforded more patience than many of his compatriots and Gooners were keen for him to stay when he was renegotiating his new contract in 2015. There was even a song in his honour. But since then his career appears to have struggled to rise above that plateau, and some may say it is not dissimilar to his team’s perennial title of ‘fourth place finishers’.

It would be easy to wonder if he would have achieved more at another club. At this point in his career the thinking is has he left it too late to make a successful move away from the Emirates?

With wages at the higher end of the scale it's hard to see which club would take a risk on an injury prone winger, at least in England's top flight.

While there is no immediate suggestion that the club are looking to move him on, you can't help but wonder how long the current situation can carry on; he only has 18 months on his current contract.

Even though the club booked their place in the semi – finals of the Carabao Cup with a 1-0 win over a uninspiring West Ham side, Walcott’s overall performance was disappointing. A lack of final product, wasting possession and poor decision making are things the father-of-two has regularly been accused of, and at his age they are faults that are becoming harder to defend. It is not only his club career that is on the wane as he is unlikely to feature for the national team any time soon.

He may yet be crucial to any Arsenal success this campaign because far stranger things have happened in football. But you can also see the signs that the rest of his career is likely to be away from the Emirates Stadium.

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