Atletico Madrid and Celtic are now in the Europa League. Depending on what happens today we could also see Napoli, Borussia Dortmund, Lazio, Lyon, and even AC Milan! 538 has already made Atletico Madrid as favorites. So, the question is… how long does Wenger play the kids?
Another question: sell Walcott, yes or no? Rumors indicate that Big Sam wants him at Everton and it’s a rumor that makes a lot of sense. Walcott is at his best when given space to run and Allardycian teams always play counter attacking football. Everton are pretty well stocked to play Allardyce’s style but they are just missing that one part – a speedy forward.
That means Allardyce will take advantage of his slow old legs with Sigurdsson and Rooney lobbing long balls to Theo Walcott and we could see a revival of Walcott’s career as a forward under Sam Allardyce. If the trade happens in January, I expect Walcott to score 10 goals by the end of the season. If I’m Walcott, I’d even take a pay cut to go to Everton. He’s already a multi-millionaire and at Everton he would have a chance to even get in the England World Cup team.
How much should Arsenal get? He’s 28.7 years old and this is probably his final ever contract. That means he has no sell-on value. But he’s English and he’s going to be a real goal threat for Everton. £35m is probably not too high an asking price for a player who could get you 20 goals a season.
I see that Wenger has ruled out a transfer but again, if I’m Walcott I have to ask to be sold. I would want to play football! He’s got just 18 months left on his deal with Arsenal and when that’s over he will be a 30 year old former speedster who never really fulfilled his potential. This is really his last chance to show something different. Maybe he’s just happy collecting a paycheck and playing once every three months. Maybe. That’s kinda of sad though isn’t it?