Theo Walcott earned a rare start for Arsenal in Monday night’s Premier League match against Reading at the Madejski Stadium. The young England international once again proved his worth to the club by scoring a goal that leaves Arsene Wenger searching a way to retain his services.
The former Southampton winger scored the last goal of the game in the 80th minute after Lukas Podolski drew first blood and Santi Cazorla provided Arsenal with a superb hat-trick.
Theo Walcott has been in brilliant form for Arsenal this season. The 23-year-old has been unable to cement his place in Arsenal’s first team over the years, yet Theo Walcott has performed impressively.
Last season Theo Walcott scored 11 goals and provided 10 assists in 46 games. This season the 23-year-old has already scored 11 goals and provided seven assists in only 18 games. Theo Walcott’s stunning performances will surely attract more clubs with transfer interest.
The unsettled English forward admits he is unhappy with his stay in North London. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has already declared stale progress on Theo Walcott’s extension contract.
Theo Walcott, who is in the last year of his contract with Arsenal, will be allowed to directly communicate with other clubs for a transfer deal. Theo Walcott’s contract with Arsenal ends in summer 2013, therefore, Arsenal could sell him off during the January transfer window in order to avoid losing him for free.
A long list of suitors are ready to present Theo Walcott with lucrative contracts, but they will have to work out a transfer deal with Arsenal as the forward is still bound to his contract. Theo Walcott admits he would like to stay at Arsenal, however, the club’s refusal to guarantee him more playing time in the first team and a large increment in his salary is forcing the youngster to review his options.
“It is not my decision, it is Theo's decision as well - if it is [only] my decision, it is quickly done,” Arsene Wenger said after victory over Reading. “Theo has been educated at Southampton and Arsenal, where he has become a top level player here.
“I hope that when he considers his future he will think this is the best place for him and sign for us. I will just say our desire and will is clear, and Theo knows that. Hopefully we can get to a happy end with it.”