Usually, when one of your players is linked with a Premier League rival, fans may be a bit fearful.
But many Arsenal fans will no doubt rejoice after reading a report from the Evening Standard claiming that Manchester City are interested in signing Theo Walcott.
Walcott has been at the club for more than 10 years but is currently struggling to play regular first-team football. And it seems that Arsene Wenger still hasn’t decided which position he wants to use Walcott in with the former Southampton man being deployed as both a striker and winger this season.
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His five league goals in 23 appearances demonstrate Walcott’s shortcomings and the majority of Gooners would happily see the 27-year-old leave the club this summer.
And Manchester City have emerged as a surprise suitor with incoming manager Pep Guardiola reportedly a big fan of Walcott.
The signing would also help City as they look to meet UEFA rules regarding homegrown talent - Joe Hart, Fabian Delph and Raheem Sterling are the only English players currently in the first-team.
Earlier this week, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admitted that the forward’s future at the club is uncertain.
Wenger on Walcott
Asked if Walcott could leave, Wenger replied, per Sky Sports: "I don't know yet.
"I'm not in transfer mode at the moment, but I think he has gone through a bad spell. He has responded very well, because he said: 'Okay, I will work harder and more.'
"Even when he comes on now, you see he is motivated and focused. Let's see how well he finishes the season now,” he added.
But it’s unlikely that Sky Blues’ fans will be pleased with Walcott’s signing.
Supporters of the Citizens will be hoping for a few big-money transfers in the coming months with their Spanish boss looking to revamp this current City side.
Manuel Pellegrini hasn’t been able to challenge for the Premier League in the previous two campaigns and the futures of the likes of Yaya Toure, Samir Nasri and Wilfried Bony appear in doubt.
Reinforcements will be needed to strengthen the squad - and there are likely to be bigger and better names than Walcott linked with a move to the club.
A man that seems destined for a move to the Etihad is Ilkay Gundogan. According to various reports, the Borussia Dortmund midfielder is set to join Guardiola in Manchester in a £23 million deal.
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