At 28-years of age, Theo Walcott is coming into the prime of his career, but he simply isn’t getting the game time that he needs, or perhaps deserves, at Premier League giants Arsenal.
The winger has made just five appearances in the English top flight for the Gunners this season, all of which have come from the bench and combine for a grand total of 61 minutes.
Despite being in his 12th season with the North London club, Walcott still isn’t afforded the respect he deserves, but with the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Alexandre Lacazette ahead of him in the pecking order, it is perhaps unsurprising that the England international can’t force his way into the team.
With a World Cup coming up in the summer, Walcott will need as much game time uner his belt as possible, and a move away from Arsenal seems to be the best method of achieving that.
A return to his former club Southampton has been rumoured over the past few months. This week however, according to the Evening Standard, the Saints have finally confirmed their interest in the winger.
Walcott came through Southampton’s youth system and, at just 16, became the club’s youngest ever player to appear for the senior team. A return to the south coast would certainly be a romantic one, and arguably the best option for his career.