With speculation linking Theo Walcott with a move away from Arsenal, the predictable stories have already started that Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus could be signed as his replacement.
According to today’s Daily Mirror, the German international is one of Arsene Wenger’s top targets to fill the void that Walcott could potentially leave at the club – but why?
The two are totally different players; many will argue that Reus would be a huge upgrade on the slightly one-dimensional Walcott, who of course is also proving incredibly injury prone and perhaps facing a real fight to ever fulfill his potential in that respect.
Still, when fit, the 26-year-old offers something few in the world can – frightening pace and terrific off-the-ball movement, and his finishing ain’t bad either. Quite simply, Walcott is one of the most under-rated players at a top European club right now, while a move for Reus (surely costing £50m or more) would really just give Arsenal more of what they already have.
Reus may be better than Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey and Tomas Rosicky, but he’s just an improvement on the same kind of player. Is it really worth £50m to bring in more of the same? So often Wenger’s side have been slammed for not having a Plan B, and it’s transfers like this that are behind the criticism. Walcott offers a genuine alternative in a team full of playmakers who like to pass and find runners – he IS the runner they need, and a superb option from the bench against a tiring side.
Arsenal would be unwise to allow such an important part of their squad to move, and should certainly sort out a contract agreement as soon as possible.