Rumours are rife today (due to the interlull/slow news week) that at least two senior players in the Arsenal squad could be off in January. The BBC’s Transfer Gossip page are reporting via various news agencies that we are set to sell forward Theo Walcott and playmaker.
Ozil in his last year on his contract while Walcott also have less than two years left on his contract and with both players being 28-years-old and underperforming for Arsenal, it’s thought that Wenger is looking to cash in on both.
The Daily Express are reporting that Walcott could rejoin his boyhood club, Southampton while Goal claims Ozil is eying one of the bigger clubs in Europe. Manchester United, Barcelona and Real Madrid are said to be among his desired club to play for next. As reported earlier, with the dwindling playing opportunity Walcott gets currently and with his desire to make the World Cup squad now could be the time for Theo to move on, something which would be good for all parties.
Ozil’s absence in key games this season has fuelled speculation that he’s no longer integral to the club, our most impressive performance of the season, our 0-0 draw with Chelsea was without both Ozil and Sanchez (and Walcott). Apart from the latest link with Manchester United, there has not been any concrete interest for the German but the January window is approaching quickly but lots could still happen, and what is also to be seen is what Arsene Wenger will do to replace any outgoings, along with the £40m+ we received from the Ox sale to Liverpool.
Reports are already linking Lucas Moura with a move to the Emirates, a ready-made replacement for Ozil, should the German depart – however Goal.com still claim he could remain at Arsenal, so there’s lots going on, in the papers at least.