€40 million link for Arsenal star doesn't add up

Theo Walcott has been linked with a huge move to AS Monaco.

Theo Walcott is a key player for Arsenal as we outlined yesterday, his absence being felt in the Gunners' recent home losses.

But is he really a €40 million player? We doubt it.

Swiss website 4-4-2.com claim Walcott is a target for big spending AS Monaco. 

While Arsenal would surely be well advised to strongly consider such a bid for the winger, not that their financial position dictates they are in any desperate need to do so.

This time last year debate over his future was ongoing, but he signed a new contract just in January, alongside five other Englishman at the club, which takes him up until 2016.

Walcott was said to be weighing up a move because he wanted to play as a central striker, but at Monaco he would not be afforded the opportunity with Falcao presently leading the line.

Any concerns he had over the Gunners' ambition have also seemingly been answered with the signing of Mesut Ozil.

Take a look at Walcott's comments after the German was signed:

"He's a great addition and personally I'm looking forward to playing alongside him. We had a disappointing start to the season but we've bounced back and it's looking fantastic now, the likes of Ozil joining the club is only going to boost everyone's confidence and everyone's going to be on a massive high."

It sounds like a player who is very much engaged in the club's plans, and not one who is thinking about, and even entertaining a move.

Monaco's financial muscle means a scattergun approach across Europe is likely to try and sniff out big name players who may be tempted to join - it worked for them in the summer with Falcao, Moutinho and Rodriguez.

However this one can be chalked up to pure speculation, just like reports Monaco wanted to launch a big money move for Manchester City's Vincent Kompany in the January. 

They may want to, but the chances of it actually happening seem fairly ridiculous to us.

Do you agree? Would a move like this ever happen? If it did should Arsenal try to cash in?

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