Arsenal: Juventus Lead Chase for Signature of Theo Walcott

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistOctober 23, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 06:  Theo Walcott of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal at the Boleyn Ground on October 6, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Fresh reports are linking Theo Walcott with a move to Juventus.

The Englishman has yet to sign a new contract at the Emirates. It is believed Manchester City and Liverpool also remain interested in capturing his signature, although Juventus boss Antonio Conte sees Walcott as an ideal addition to his team's forward line (via The Daily Mail).

Such a move could interest Walcott.

The 23-year-old has expressed his desire to stay at Arsenal—if he is given the opportunity to play as a striker (via BBC Sport).

Arsene Wenger remains unmoved on the situation. The Gunners boss told ESPN his priority is to end speculation by agreeing to a new contract with the forward, saying, "My determination has always been to extend his contract and that other clubs are interested or not the determination is the same."

Walcott has made just one start and five substitute appearances in eight Premier League games this season. Two neatly taken goals and an assist indicate he might be given an opportunity to lead the front line soon.

Would Walcott be successful as a striker at the top level? It's an interesting question.

The former Southampton player's pace is undoubtedly his defining asset.

His lack of physical presence could pose a few problems if he was to start higher up the pitch. Arsenal's passing style will suit Walcott if his movement is sharp—but I can't see him becoming a prolific scorer.

Perhaps Wenger doesn't see Walcott as a lone striker.

It would be difficult for the club to shift their entire formation just to fit his needs. Olivier Giroud could be a potential partner, but one of Arsenal's creative midfield talents would have to be sacrificed.

A little and large combination could be appealing as Arsenal struggle with injuries to the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Abou Diaby and Tomas Rosicky (via The Daily Mail).

The saga continues to rumble on.

Walcott's inability to commit makes him an attractive prospect to clubs all over Europe. The January transfer window is looming—will he have made up his mind by then?