Arsene Wenger may be happy with Theo Walcott's late surge to secure a starting place on a regular basis from a mere substitution role in the early part of the season. Walcott's start-stop season hampered by injuries hasn't really impressed many fans, however.
Some of them even dubbed him as a player only capable of contesting in running-races with little football brain. Not many could agree with such harsh criticism, though one must admit that he's not showing the kind of promise that he was carrying when he first arrived a couple of years ago.
At present, Walcott doesn't deserve a starting berth. He must work hard on his final balls and all-round play to nail down the right wing position for himself.
What if the manager has a chance to bring in a much more improved and proven player to guide Walcott as well as help the team to achieve a little more than what they are achieving now?
Manchester City's Shaun Wright-Phillips is certain to leave Eastlands at the end of this season after falling out with manager Robert Mancini. The Italian, for some reason, is preferring Adam Johnson over the speedy diminutive winger, though one mustn't forget the contributions of Johnson.
Although Johnson is playing some fine football, Wright-Phillips deserves better treatment. Wright-Phillips is thoroughly underrated, and shame on Mancini for not giving him the type of respect that he deserves. He's currently earning £60k/week, and he has reportedly demanded a £100k/week contract recently—only to see Manchester City rejecting his demand.
So what could be next for him? He's surely travelling to South Africa and has all the required quality to secure a place in Fabio Capello's starting eleven. Obviously his value will shoot up once he does well in the World Cup. Hence, the option for potential buyers would be to secure a deal before June 11, and with his career on a disarray at the moment, Wright-Phillips would be more than happy to hammer out a deal as soon as possible.
One team strongly linked with the England winger is Arsenal. With a £5m price tag, he's one of the cheapest options Wenger could hope for. The only criticism that could arise would be about his diminutive figure. Arsenal already have a plethora of pygmies on their squad. So, they need tall strong lads to play the rough game as and when required—not referring to the Blackburn games.
However, I feel, like many others, he could add real quality to a feeble team that's lacking sheer firepower all over the pitch.
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