Former Arsenal star Ray Parlour told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT why he feels his old team may be getting worried about attacker Theo Walcott.
The Mirror reported last January that Arsenal are keen to tie Walcott down on a long term deal, but as things stand no agreement which satisfies all parties has been reached.
“At the moment he’s not playing on a regular basis – at 26-years-old you want to be playing week in, week out,” said Parlour.
“I think Theo has got to be patient, he’s going to get an opportunity – he’s got a good contract as it is, he doesn’t have to rush it.”
“Arsenal might get a little bit worried because he’s an investment.”
Arsene Wenger has probably been a bit lucky in the respect that he has had so many good players to call on, which has kept Walcott out of the side.
When his chance comes he has to take it because the best bargaining chip a player has when talks are under way over a new deal, is the way he performs in big games.
If Walcott can make the difference in big games over the rest of the season, he’ll stress his importance to the club and put the pressure back onto the club.
Parlour’s comments about Walcott being an investment come because the club will be in a difficult position if an agreement can’t be reached.
According to transfermarkt, his current deal doesn’t expire until the end of next season, which means this summer is where the club would have to try and make some money back if he’s not going to stay on.
Hopefully things won’t get to that point.