Theo Walcott

Theo Walcott | Arsenal & England Wonderkid

Arsenal striker Theo Walcott is in danger of missing the summer tournament this year as his name might be omitted when Head Coach Roy Hodgson names his provisional 23-man squad on Thursday, May 12th.

Officially, Hodgson doesn’t have to open his hand on his players’ list until May 31st but he has opted to name the players in advance to try to curb some of the hype and hyperbole attached with the naming, and also give his players longer to work together. In case any of the 23 gets injured, he is also set to name six standby players.

Theo Walcott is consistently being critiqued for his lack of goals and string of underwhelming performances.

The English winger is struggling to find a consistent spot in the lineup of Arsene Wenger and its now being rumored that he might be on his way of joining Liverpool during the summer transfer window.

Liverpool has recently been linked with Walcott but considering that he has a contract with Arsenal which extends for 3 more years, a considerably high offer might be needed in order to secure the services of the 27 year old player.

In some more surprising and even shocking news, the Arsenal famous goalkeeper Petr Cech has announced that he may be considering retirement in the near future.

What does this mean for the future of Arsenal and what is next in the career of Petr Cech? Some speculate that he could be retiring as early as immediately after the 2016 Euro.

Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp believes that Theo Walcott is now at a time when he may struggle to get opportunities with the England national team.

Up until now, Walcott was seen as the future of the next England team. This view has not materialised as many would have hoped. This is due to a combination of poor form, lack of playing time, and frequent injuries that the player has suffered in the last decade. Walcott created a huge buzz after being included in the 2006 World Cup squad, but he has remarkably been unable to play in a major tournament until now.

Theo Walcott is a player who throughout his career has struggled with injuries and inconsistencies which have prevented him of being able to reach his highest level with Arsenal and despite all the patience that Arsene Wenger has had with the player, it might seem like Walcott’s time at the Emirates Stadium could be over as Alex Iwobi has taken center stage.

Arsenal claimed their 15th league triumph of this season on March 19 as they travelled to the Goodison Park and locked horns with Everton in a match that resulted with a 2-0 triumph for Arsene Wenger and his players.

The form of young Spaniard Hector Bellerin over the past year has certainly been a major boost for Arsenal. The right back has demonstrated his capabilities in both defence as well as an attacking threat, to make the position his own, as recent departure Mathieu Debuchy knows only too well.

Walcott and Bellerin

However, perhaps the one negative to come from this situation is the lack of playing time for Theo Walcott, who has struggled for prolonged consistency throughout his Gunners career.

Theo Walcott has just completed more than a decade at Arsenal. However, he has only two FA Cup medals to show for in this period.

Walcott was regarded as one of the best young talents in English football. However, his impact has been cut due to various reasons like injuries and being played out of position. The 26-year-old regards himself as a striker, but it has never been the way Arsene Wenger has looked at him. Rather than be transformed into a Thierry Henry or Michael Owen, Walcott has been in and out of the team.

Arsene Wenger has spoken about the importance of defender Nacho Monreal, who has become an important part of the Arsenal first team in the last couple of years.

The Spaniard was a relatively unknown product when he came to the Emirates stadium for around £ 8 million from Spanish outfit Malaga.

Everton ended their run of three league matches without a win in the best manner possible.

They thrashed Sunderland 6-2 at Goodison Park in a result that provides a lot of confidence to the blues. Over the last few weeks, confidence has especially been around these parts after the club went through the whole month of October without a league victory. The previous success for the club in the Premier League game against West Brom when a narrow 3-2 victory gave them all three points. The result against Sunderland, though, is much more emphatic.

Theo Walcott made his return to the fold in Arsenal colours after a month on the sidelines with a twenty-six minute cameo appearance against Sunderland that should hopefully put him on the road to full fitness.

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