England international and Arsenal winger, Theo Walcott could be on his way out of the Emirates by Summer if he heeds the advice of veteran coach and former Chelsea assistant handler, Ray Wikins. The former Southampton player is yet to live up to expectations after impressing as a youngster a decade ago, and earning a call-up to the England national team for the 2006 World Cup despite not having made an appearance for Arsenal. Now 27, the speedy forward is down the pecking orders at Arsenal, starting only 13 EPL games this term, finishing only 2.
Ray Wikins believes a move away to where regular playing time is guaranteed is needed, if Walcott is ever to reach those heights everyone tipped he would. And the Hammers are presenting him with the opportunity of a lifetime to do just that. Currently 1 point away from the Champions League spot, West Ham are in contention to making it to the elite continental competition next season and are also set to move to a new stadium. And they want Walcott to join them to help solve their striking issues.
Although he has recently signed a 4-year contract extension and improvement, his chances of breaking into the first team still remains slim. West Ham are ready to offer the North London side 26 million Pounds for the signature of the versatile forward and are willing to break their transfer record because of him. Wikins says of the whole development,
‘ He has been at Arsenal for 10 years now, and played 225 or 226 games, that’s not enough. You know, I think it’s time now maybe that Theo moves on – I think he has to play. He’s not playing enough, nowhere near enough, and he doesn’t get selected at Arsenal. I think a move could be on the cards now. Time to move on, time to start playing some football if he hopes to get where we think he can get.’