Why Arsenal striker would be foolish to move to Barcelona


As we get closer to January, rumours of potential moves begin to gain momentum and Theo Walcott to Barcelona is one of those speculated transfers.

The winger turned forward is reportedly part of Luis Enrique’s wish list as he looks to add depth to his front-line.

Lionel Messi’s injury has left the European Champions looking a bit short on forwards and any new signing would be a temporary replacement for the Argentine.

Moving to the Spanish giants would be a dream move for many, but Walcott would be wise to stay put.

After years of insisting that he wanted to play as the main striker for Arsenal, the England man has finally got his wish.

The 26-year-old has started every Premier League game he has been fit for in his desired position, only missing the trip to Swansea City through injury.

His continued starts as a striker for the Gunners has been noticed by Roy Hodgson and he’s beginning to play more centrally for the Three Lions.

This positional shift seems to be working so far, with Walcott scoring seven and setting up four for club and country this season.

In terms of where he would fit in at Barcelona, there is no way that he would be ahead of Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar meaning he would only get a start when one of those three is injured.

Between them, they found the net 122 times becoming the most potent strike-force in recent memory.

The idea of Walcott merely being a stand-in is further highlighted when you examine the other players linked with a move to the Camp Nou.

Dirk Kuyt and Robin Van Perise have both been touted as potential January targets, with the fact that both are over 30 highlighting that this hunt for a striker is merely a temporary measure.

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Dan Ross

After a brief stint as a commentator, Dan took his passion for football into writing and went on to gain an NCTJ in sports journalism. A lifelong Walsall fan, he's followed the Saddlers through the highs, getting to Wembley for the first time ever last season, and the lows, namely relegation to League Two in 2006.