Arsenal legend Martin Keown has admitted that forward Theo Walcott could be allowed to leave the club this summer with Arsene Wenger’s history of not standing in a player’s way still prominent, the Daily Mail reports.
Walcott is out of contract in 2016 and has struggled to get into the team this season after recovering from a serious knee injury which kept him out for 12 months.
The 26-year-old’s last contract situation turned into a long drawn-out saga, but with the club now in a more stronger financial position, Walcott’s demands may not be met.
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“I’m sure Arsene Wenger will want to keep him and Arsenal is a club where he can prosper,” Keown stated.
“But if he can’t promise Walcott first-team football, will he stay? If he does decide to move on, Wenger won’t stand in his way. He is not the kind of manager to prevent players from developing because the worst thing for any player is not being able to play.”
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Walcott is no longer one of the first players on the teamsheet with the arrivals of Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez boosting our strike-force; as well as the emergence of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
However, Wenger will certainly not want to see a player he’s invested so much energy and faith in to leave the club just as he’s reached his peak and ready to deliver performances on a consistent basis.