Arsene Wenger is ruining his career, states former-Chelsea assistant
Theo Walcott must leave Arsenal in order to rescue his career, according to former-Chelsea assistant manager Ray Wilkins.
The England international has hit a bad patch in terms of form and has recently been dropped to the bench, behind the likes of Joel Campbell and Alex Iwobi.
As well as finding it tough to start on the wing, Walcott still hasn’t nudged Olivier Giroud off the lone-striker spot, with the 27-year-old starting just 13 games this season.
Despite struggling to play regular first-team football, Walcott signed a new long-term deal at the Emirates Stadium back in 2015, but Wilkins believes he’s damaging his career by staying put.
Walcott Should Leave
‘I think Theo has had a nasty injury with the cruciate problem,’ said Wilkins.
‘But if you look, he has been there [Arsenal] for 10 years now, and played 225 or 226 games, that’s not enough.
‘You know, I think it’s time now maybe that Theo moves on – I think he has to play.
‘He’s not playing enough, nowhere near enough, and he doesn’t get selected at Arsenal.
‘I think a move could be on the cards now. Time to move on, time to start playing some football if he hopes to get where we think he can get.’
Walcott has been linked with a move away from Arsenal this summer, with the likes of Liverpool and West Ham United linked with making formal moves for him.
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt