Arsenal forward Theo Walcott could soon end his time in London and return to Southampton, the club where it all began for him, according to The Daily Express.

The paper reports that the England international and Germany star Mesut Ozil will be on their way out of The Emirates in January.

Walcott, who moved to Arsenal for £5 million in 2006 after playing just 13 times for the Saints, has scored more than 100 goals for the club but has found himself increasingly marginalised this season.

He has made just three Premier League substitute appearances and only started in the League Cup and Europa League.

The only match he managed a full 90 minutes was in the European tie against BATE Borisov, in which he also scored two goals in a 4-2 win.

And with 18 months left on his contract, Arsenal reportedly have no wish to offer him a new deal, making his exit a case of when and not if.

Southampton, meanwhile, have found life difficult in front of goal this season, and would surely welcome Walcott back, given that he is a player with a proven goalscoring record in the Premier League.

They have registered just five goals in seven league games this season and three of those came in the win over West Ham United.

No one player has scored more than once and they find themselves in 12th place in the table after defeats to Manchester United and Stoke City.

The Express claims that Saints would need to stump up somewhere between £12 million and £15 million to bring Walcott back to St Mary’s.

In the current market, that does not seem like a high price to pay and if the Gunners are truly keen to sell, the chances are that a deal would be done.

However, Southampton may face competition from other clubs with Everton, Inter Milan and West Ham United also rumoured to be interested.

Walcott is understood to still have a soft spot for the side that gave him his opportunity which may give Maurico Pellegrino’s outfit an advantage if the Londoners receive several offers.


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