Published: Wed, January 10, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Southampton in Walcott swoop

Southampton in Walcott swoop

He is the longest serving player at the club, having joined from Southampton back in 2006 and Arsene Wenger wishes to see him remain at the club.

He has managed just 5 appearances in the Premier League this term, all of which have come from the bench.

Walcott has fallen down the pecking order at Arsenal and, as reported by The London Evening Standard, is the subject of interest from Southampton, where he broke through in spectacular fashion as a teenager.

The Saints, however, are said to have baulked at Arsenal's £25m valuation, but their reluctance looks to have opened the door to other interested clubs.

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Some key offensive weapons, such as Odell Beckham, Jr. will be returning from injury. His intelligence is very highly touted.

Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen, 21, has signed a new four-and-a-half-year contract.

The newspaper claims that Walcott's wages are the sticking point in the negotiations, with the greater financial might of Sam Allardyce's side allowing them to get closer to his current pay packet of £110,000 a week.

Walcott would face a hard decision if Arsenal were to accept a bid, as he has a young family in the south, so may choose Southampton and take a pay-cut to join the Saints.

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 global can't force his way into the team.

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