With Theo Walcott's contract to expire at the end of the season for Arsenal, Arsene Wenger has stated that he feels it is imperative that the 26-year -old sign an extension and enjoys his "golden years".
As a fan favourite, Walcott will certainly be urged by the majority of Arsenal supporters to re-sign with the club. However, with the likes of Marco Reus and Raheem Sterling being linked with Arsenal consistently throughout the season it is arguable that Wenger should look to add either of them due to the difficulty Walcott has had with injuries which have prevented him being able to hold down a starting position in the Arsenal line up.
Walcott has had a mixed Arsenal career. Plagued by injuries, the pacy winger has not being able to hold down a starting position for the Gunners in the last season. Wenger feels that Walcott has the right tools in his locker to become a top flight goal scorer and be able to play either on the right flank or as a striker. However with only 12 appearances this season in all competitions and the majority of those coming off the bench it is difficult to agree with Wenger's high expectations for the English international.
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When Arsenal signed Walcott in 2006, he was instantly hyped by the media to be one of England's great players. There was a huge weight placed on his shoulders at the tender age of 17 when he was selected for Sven Goran Eriksson's World Cup team in 2006. Although an astonishing achievement it is arguable that the pressures of this had a hampering effect upon his development in the following seasons for both Arsenal and England. Walcott has not yet fulfilled the high hopes which were expected of him. However with this being said you can also argue that Walcott has scored some important goals for the Gunners in past seasons.
If Arsenal are to mount a title challenge net season, then there is certainly a case to be made that with a stellar signing such as a Reus or Sterling they could win the Premier League. Sterling has been one of Liverpool's best players in 2014/15 while Marco Reus is renowned as one of Europes's best attacking players. A singing of the stature of Reus or Sterling could also have a positive effect on Walcott or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
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What is unfortunate is when one considers the injuries which have hammered both Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain's seasons past for Arsenal. As core members of the Arsenal squad, both of the English men have become international players for England. With Walcott's pace and finishing ability and Oxlade-Chamberlain with his power, pace and dribbling abilities both are two of the Premier League's top wingers, however their fitness as been called into contention on too man occasions. With Arsenal's 2014/15 season there has been development and Wenger has moulded a highly charged and motivated squad. To continue to the next level however, and win a Premier League title of mount a challenge for a Champions League then Wenger should consider signing either Reus or Sterling.
Arsenal's squad is one of the best in the Premier League and have been on a fantastic run of form in 2015 since January. Wenger's men should aim to end this season on a high by finishing as runners up in the Premier League and securing the FA Cup. By going into the summer break and with the addition of one or tow top quality players then it would be extremely difficult to look past the Gunners to be crowned the champions of England in 2015/16.
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