Theo Walcott Reportedly Eyeing January Move to AC Milan

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistJanuary 5, 2018

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 03:  Theo Walcott of Arsenal looks on during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on January 3, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)
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Theo Walcott reportedly wants to join AC Milan in January, with his future at Arsenal looking bleak. 

According to Corriere dello Sport (h/t the Mirror), Walcott is hoping to leave the Emirates Stadium in search of more game time ahead of the FIFA World Cup, and he believes the Rossoneri could give him the minutes he desires.

Milan are said to be looking for a central midfielder to provide cover for Franck Kessie rather than a forward but could be open to taking the 28-year-old on loan for the remainder of the season.

Walcott has played just 49 minutes of Premier League football for Arsenal this term, becoming something of a forgotten man, as the Press Association's Mark Mann-Bryans noted:

That he has played so little is perhaps a surprise given he netted 19 goals in all competitions last season, his second-most prolific campaign with the Gunners during his 12 years at the club.

The England international has made almost 400 appearances for Arsenal since he joined as a 16-year-old, but his career has been punctuated by the feeling he has not reached his potential, though his inclusion in the Three Lions' 2006 World Cup squad will have done him no favours in contributing to the lofty expectations placed on him.

One aspect of Walcott's game that often lets him down is his delivery. Despite spending most of his career on the right flank, his final ball still leaves much to be desired, per ESPN FC's Mattias Karen:

As his goal tally last year showed, though, he still has something to offer Arsenal's squad—or Milan's.

He hasn't lost his pace, and there are times when the Gunners are in need of that, as Football.London's Charles Watts noted:

It could be time for him to leave Arsenal. A change is needed if he's to have a chance of representing the England in Russia this summer.

A switch to Serie A is among the more interesting moves he could make. His speed could allow him to stand out amid the slightly slower pace of Italian football, so it may be a good option for him if Milan are willing to take him on.