Premier League: Theo Walcott should leave Arsenal after losing first-team spot, says club legend Ian Wright
Walcott, once considered one of Arsenal’s best attacking players, has made three substitute appearances in the league for Arsene Wenger’s side this season.
London: Theo Walcott should leave Arsenal for his own good after being relegated to a secondary role at the Premier League side, club great Ian Wright said after Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Norwich City in the League Cup.
Walcott, once considered one of Arsenal’s best attacking players, has made three substitute appearances in the league for Arsene Wenger’s side this season. The 28-year-old has only scored in the Europa League and the League Cup, netting three times in five matches.
The England international has been an integral part of Arsenal since joining from Southampton 11 years ago, winning the FA Cup three times. However, his impact has faded recently and Wright believes it’s time for the forward to switch teams and reignite his career.
”I think so, for (his own) sake,“ Wright told Sky Sports when asked if Walcott should move on. ”I‘m not sure where he can go now with Arsenal and he’s only playing in the Carabao Cup and the Europa League.
“He’ll want to finish on a high in respect of what he’s doing, he’s given Arsenal great service in the time he’s been there and for me he should move on for himself.”
Wright’s fellow pundit and Derby County striker Darren Bent also backed the move saying Walcott would benefit from a fresh start.
”The freshness of a move somewhere else might be perfect for him,“ Bent said. ”He’s been there for a long, long time now and I‘m not quite sure how much more he can improve while he’s there.
“But you never know, sometimes you can go somewhere else with new surroundings and, all of a sudden, you can kick on again. Maybe that’s what he needs.”
Arsenal, who are fifth in the league, host Swansea City on Saturday.
Standing at stadiums in English football's top two divisions has been banned since 1994 after the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, which led to the deaths of 97 Liverpool fans.
It remains possible that an agreement could be reached to avoid players having to quarantine for 10 days on their return to England from red-list countries.
The Gunners climbed off the bottom of the Premier League table with their first goal and first points of the campaign by beating Norwich 1-0 last weekend.