According to the Daily Mail, Southampton are looking to re-sign Arsenal forward Theo Walcott in January. The England international joined the Gunners from the south coast club back in 2006 for a fee reported to be in the region of £10million.
However, the report suggests that the south coast club could be prepared to pay between up to £15million to re-sign their former player.
Never fulfilled his potential
At 28 years-old, Theo Walcott is almost the poster boy of Arsenal’s malaise in the decade. When he joined Arsenal, Walcott was regarded as one of the hottest young players of his generation. He was exciting, energetic and seemed destined for stardom.
However, the past decade has not been that successful for Walcott and Arsenal. The Gunners have won the FA Cup in three of the last four years, but the north London side have fallen well behind the leader’s contenders in the English top-flight.
Walcott has shown in glimpses. However, he has never really had a great consistency to his game. The winger has struggled to nail down a regular starting spot with the Gunners in recent years.
This season he has yet to start a Premier League match. He has played in the Europa League and League Cup, though, competitions that are not priorities for boss Arsene Wenger it seems.
Maybe he needs to leave
Some believe that Walcott has grown complacent at Arsenal. The winger has never really pushed on because he has not needed to. He has been comfortable and even when he has been poor in his Arsenal career he would still be around the squad.
Maybe Walcott should have left a few years ago when he realised that he has not developed into the player that many people believed he would. A move back to Southampton could well re-ignite his flagging career.
It seems for Theo Walcott it is now or never for him to make something out of his football career. He has had a decent career at Arsenal, but nobody could say he has been a blinding success with the north London side.
If Walcott moved out of his comfort zone that has become Arsenal, he may just push on slightly further. The winger has just over a year and a half left on his contract in north London, and there is speculation that Arsenal does not plan to offer him a contract extension.
Southampton are a decent size Premier League club and a move could well prove to be best for all three parties involved.
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