Spurs and Chelsea among favourites to be Walcott’s next club

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Only three players in the Premier League era have moved directly between Arsenal and Tottenham, but it is just 8/1 that Theo Walcott adds his name to this list.

Fans of the North London duo will remember Sol Campbell heading to Arsenal on a free in the summer of 2001 and William Gallas made the opposite move in 2010.

The other player that may have been forgotten was Rohan Ricketts, who spent a three years at Spurs after making just a solitary League Cup appearance for Arsenal.

Although Andre Villas-Boas has still not been in charge at White Hart Lane a week, there are rumours that he is interested in Walcott, who would provide some useful competition to Aaron Lennon on the right of midfield.

Walcott only has a season remaining on his current Arsenal deal, but there has been little speculation of a new one being on the table with the club more concerned in addressing Robin Van Persie’s future.

And Walcott’s future could hinge on Van Persie’s decision, as the England winger may be more inclined to leave if the Gunners fail to tie up last season’s top Premier League scorer.

The 23-year-old may not have developed in the way that many would have expected him to since bursting onto the scene as a teenager at Southampton, but he still remains a dangerous asset,

Walcott’s pace will cause problems for any defenders and it should not be forgotten that he provided close to a dozen assists for Van Persie last season.

It is Chelsea and Juventus that are the favourites to be the next club of Walcott at 6/1 and his pace could be even more of a weapon in Italy, with matches in Serie A perceived to be played at a pedestrian speed.

Alternatively, it is 8/1 that he moves to free-spending PSG, which may be his best option of securing a league title or it is 16/1 that he heads to Liverpool, who could certainly benefit from more wide options.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.