Sometime soon Theo Walcott will make a very important decision to determine which path his football career takes next.
The choice is to stay at Arsenal, where six disappointing years have yielded no silverware, or leave in search of success.
This is why it's time for Walcott move on...
1) Wenger doesn't appreciate him
Arsene Wenger has awarded Walcott with a starting berth for just one of Arsenal's ten Premier League fixtures this season, the opening day draw against Sunderland. He didn't start any of Arsenal's first three Champions League group games, instead being preferred for Capital One Cup ties against Coventry and Reading (a competition Wenger belittled last month). The winger has already scored six goals from his four starts this season, so what else must he do to warrant first team selection? Even if Wenger did belated praise Walcott after his performance at Schalke, the message is clear from Arsenal and his manager - you're not very important.
2) Career has stagnated at Arsenal
When a 16-year-old Walcott signed for Arsenal in August 2006, they had won two Premier League titles and three FA Cups in the previous five years. More than six seasons have passed since and the Gunners are still chasing their next major piece of silverware. Arsenal have gradually disintegrated as an English football force, with Walcott's career stagnating as a result. Next year, he turns 24 and can no longer be talked about as a player of great potential - he needs to be a great player and that, time has proven, will not happen at Arsenal.
3) Former team-mates have moved on to better things
Since Walcott joined Arsenal in 2006, the club have sold Thierry Henry, Ashley Cole, Lassana Diarra, Alexander Hleb, Kolo Toure, Emmanuel Adebayor, Samir Nasri, Cesc Fabregas and Gael Clichy. They have all won trophies elsewhere and the chances are that Robin Van Persie and Alex Song - who were sold in August 2012 - will win something this season, too, whereas Arsenal, barring a League Cup miracle, will not. Again. When your mates leave for greater success, you have to sit up and take notice.
4) No guarantee of Champions League football
Three defeats in five games have resulted in Arsenal's worst start to a Premier League season under Arsene Wenger, making their chances of qualification for the Champions League looking a little bleak heading into the winter period. Harry Redknapp recently suggested a top four finish this season would rank as Arsene Wenger's finest achievement in football given the kind of players at his disposal. The former Spurs manager is spot on.
5) England spot is on the line
The development of youngsters like Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Raheem Sterling is likely to make it even more difficult for Walcott to hold down a regular spot in the Three Lions team. When you consider that Arsene Wenger has decided against starting the winger in all of Arsenal's big matches this season, you wonder what kind of impact this is having on poor Walcott's chances of carving out a successful international career. Moving to a more successful club who will provide more game time can finally bring out the best in him.
Do you honestly believe that Theo Walcott should stay at Arsenal?