The England forward has started just one game since the end of January and could well miss out on a spot in Roy Hodgson’s squad for Euro 2016. Theo Walcott is ready to call time on his Arsenal career in a bid to salvage his future.
According to the Sun on Sunday, the England forward has grown frustrated with sitting on the Emirates bench and will look for a new club this summer – a decade after linking up with Arsene Wenger.
Walcott has made just one Premier League start since the end of January, was a substitute in both Champions League ties with Barcelona and didn’t start in the FA Cup quarter-final against Watford either.
In all competitions this term, Walcott has managed nine goals in 38 matches, having initially been preferred to Olivier Giroud in the early months of the campaign.
Walcott’s spell on the Arsenal bench has also put his spot at Euro 2016 under severe threat, leaving him in danger of missing another major tournament.
Walcott didn’t play in England’s recent win over Germany, and was only used as a late substitute in the defeat to Holland.
A number of rivals have leapfrogged him in Roy Hodgson‘s thinking, and his place in the 23-man squad is anything but certain – particularly with Arsenal teammate Danny Welbeck having returned to fitness.
Walcott has three years left on his contract with the Gunners, for whom he is due a testimonial after 10 years with the club.
Liverpool have previously been linked with a move for the forward, while Walcott’s former club Southampton may also be interested in take him back to St Mary’s.