When Arsenal return to Premier League action this weekend they will do so with an attack that is growing in confidence and influence. Arsene Wenger’s men have been improving with each passing week and they have picked up three wins in their last five games, meaning they have moved up to fifth in the league, six points behind leaders Manchester City.
The influence of the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Alexandre Lacazette have seen the London side shake off an early-season wobble that threatened to almost immediately derail their campaign. Interestingly, Wenger has also overseen a very impressive improvement in his defence that has been the foundation on which Arsenal’s rejuvenation has been built.
With each area that is getting stronger, there are players that are working hard and improving with each passing week. However, there are a number of players that are stagnating, and for them, it is perhaps time to search for pastures new. One such player is Theo Walcott.
The winger-come-striker burst onto the scene as a teenager and was seen as the next great English talent. While he was undoubtedly a good player, perhaps he really suffered from having to shoulder the tag of being England’s next golden-boy, something he has not been able to live up to.
Wenger has Sanchez, Lacazette, Olivier Giroud, Alex Iwobi and Danny Welbeck all vying for the three more advanced places in the side, with Walcott clearly some way down the pecking order. Indeed, his attempt to transform from a winger into a striker has seemingly hurt his career, as he lacks the relevant ability with his feet when playing up-front, while his final ball was something that caused great annoyance amongst the fans when he was on the wing.
While many will claim that Walcott still has a part to play at the club, it does not seem as though the Englishman will be able to grow and play as often as he would like unless he finds a new club. Perhaps he should follow the example of Wayne Rooney and look to find a new team where he can play a bigger part in the first team.
While his departure would likely be a difficult one, it would be a good move for all those concerned.