Theo Walcott’s future at Arsenal remains uncertain, as Arsene Wenger admits he does not know what the future holds for the forward..
Walcott has become a bit-part player at the Emirates and has not started a Premier League game since the 3-2 defeat at Manchester United on February 28 and has been limited to substitute appearances of late.
The 27-year-old has fallen behind the likes of teenager Alex Iwobi and fit-again Danny Welbeck in Wenger’s pecking order – with just five league goals to his name this season.
And, with his place in Roy Hodgson’s squad for this summer’s European Championships still in the balance, Wenger conceded he is unsure where Walcott will be plying his trade next season.
Asked if Walcott could leave, Wenger replied: “I don’t know yet.
“I’m not in transfer mode at the moment but I think he has gone through a bad spell. He has responded very well, because he said ‘okay, I will work harder and more’.
“Even when he comes on now, you see he is motivated and focused. Let’s see how well he finishes the season now.”
Despite a number of first-team regulars missing Thursday night’s 2-0 win over West Brom, Walcott was again restricted to a four-minute cameo off the bench.
And Wenger admits Walcott, as well as other players not featuring regularly, are frustrated at their lack of game-time.
“Of course. Tonight you have seen the team,” he said when asked if he could understand Walcott’s frustration at not playing much.
“You have the emergence of a guy like Iwobi. But the players that did not play: Santi Cazorla, Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini, Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and I forget a few that weren’t even in the squad.”