Theo Walcott has been the basis of much discussion after his most recent sub-par performance against Manchester United last Sunday.
Walcott, who was handed a starting berth ahead of recently injured Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Olivier Giroud, failed to make any form of impact against a weak United side and now serious questions are being asked about the 26-year old’s future at the club. The Southampton academy graduate signed for the Gunners over ten years ago but some have critically assessed the period as the ‘worst 10 year trial period’ in recent memory. Walcott always showed a lot of potential as a youngster, but the disturbing fact is, at 26 years old very little of it has translated into end product on the field.
Having provided only six goals and three assists in all competitions this term, Walcott is on track for an another average productive year in the Premier League to date, this is a worrying trend as most players tend to experience their peak years between 27-30. The harsh reality is that Walcott has only managed to average around 8 goals a season during his entire time at the club, with his best year coming in the 2012/2013 season where he notched 22 goals in all competitions. Other than that standout year Theo has consistently produced average output and one does wonder when Wenger will lose patience with a player he has been loyal to for such a long time. Many fans will question whether a player of Theo’s mould who offers absolutely nothing defensively and very mediocre numbers going forward really deserves a place in this Arsenal squad?
Arsenal have been seemingly held to ransom a number of times by Theo and his representatives with contract talks over the years, but maybe next time the Arsenal faithful won’t be so keen to see the winger #SignDaTing…
Oxlade Chamberlain is another cause for concern for the Gunners, having followed a simmialr path from Southampton as Walcott the 22 year old has also found it difficult to make good on his potential. The question is, despite being only 22 years old, will the youngster be afforded as much time to discover some form given the eternal struggles of his Arsenal teammate Walcott? Chamberlain has been offered ample opportunities by the boss to prove his worth, Wenger even droped one of the season’s suprise packages Joel Campbell to put faith into the more experienced Ox against Barcelona in the Champions League. Unfortunately for Chamberlain he is failing to take these opportunities by the scruff of the neck and his case is weakening for a starting berth game by game.
The Gunners’ most recent collapse against Manchester United has left Arsenal fans clamouring for a summer clearout of underperforming talent amongst the Arsenal ranks in favour of more establised and consistent players that can help bring some silverware to North London.