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Wenger ready to cash-in on these 3 Arsenal stars this summer
According to a report in the Telegraph, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is ready to listen to offers for Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Kieran Gibbs this summer.
Walcott has been with Arsenal for over ten years having joined the club from Southampton in January 2016 but the 26-year-old has endured a hugely frustrating campaign.
A mixture of injury problems and poor form has seen Theo fall out of favour with Joel Campbell and Alex Iwobi both ahead of him in the pecking order, while The Ox has also been favoured by Wenger at times this season.
Walcott has started just one of our previous eight games and it’s clear Arsene is losing patience with the attacker, and the Telegraph claim that the boss is prepared to cash-in this summer in order to get his £140,000-a-week wages off the books.
The newspaper says Wenger is also ready to sell Oxlade-Chamberlain with the 22-year-old not progressing as hoped following his move from Southampton in 2011.
To this day, we still don’t really know what The Ox’s best position is and for all of his ability, he’s a hugely frustrating player who’s managed just 14 goals in his 149 appearances so far.
The final player who could be out the door is Gibbsy with the 26-year-old failing to regain the first team left-back spot from Nacho Monreal having lost his place 18 months ago.
Gibbs is a solid performer and rarely lets us down but he’s just not quite up to Nacho’s level right now and I think if Wenger does sell him, it’s because the boss feels he’s too good to sit on the bench.
There will be no shortage of interest in the trio if they are officially made available for transfer but it will be a sad end if they do leave as it means we’ll lose THREE English players from the squad.
The Ox is perhaps the most disappointing as he has bags of ability but just hasn’t progressed. Theo and Gibbs have both had their shots at establishing themselves in the first team but you just feel Oxlade-Chamberlain hasn’t really been given his big chance yet.
The problem is, when he has played, he’s flattered to deceive and the brutal fact is his end product just hasn’t been good enough.