A clear favourite has emerged in the race to sign one of Arsenal’s international players that is struggling to get game time at the Emirates.
Sky Sports News are claiming that Southampton is now the front-runners for the signature of their former player, Theo Walcott.
According to Sky, the situation is likely to resolve itself within the next week with discussions set to take place between representatives of Walcott and Arsenal.
Walcott left the Saints when he was just 16 years of age and would be welcomed back at St Mary’s with open arms, however, a deal is still a long way off with Arsene Wenger very reluctant to weaken his squad, especially with the likelihood that Alexis Sanchez will depart this winter.
It does not help that Southampton are struggling in the league and they are hoping that by signing Walcott will help attract other players to the club.
There is also the wage situation, Walcott is on a reported £120k a week, a figure that Southampton will not match.
Walcott is pushing for a move, he is desperate for game time in a world cup year but Arsene Wenger does not care about that, he cares about maintaining a strong squad as the Gunners push for a top-four spot and success in the Europa League.
The chances of Walcott being allowed to leave this January are remote but a summer move is an almost certainty.