Richard Keys: Arsenal’s Theo Walcott ‘frustrates’ me

Richard Keys does not seem to be a fan of Arsenal forward Theo Walcott.

Well-known sports presenter Richard Keys has suggested on his website that he does not rate Arsenal attacker Theo Walcott highly.

Keys made the revelation following England’s 1-1 draw with Italy in a friendly international in Turin on Tuesday.

“Theo Walcott is not a 'centre forward' - never has been,” the 57-year-old wrote on his website. “Never will be in my view. In fact, he's never got any better. He frustrates the life out of me.

“He did, in his pink boots, in Barcelona the night Messi gave Arsenal a mauling in the C Lge, and he still does. Good to have around, but not a starter. Certainly not where he started on Tuesday night.”

Perhaps Keys’s comments are a bit harsh, especially as Walcott has been unlucky with the injuries he has had over the past few years.

However, many will agree with the former Sky Sports presenter’s argument that Walcott is not a player who should start regularly.

Walcott is very quick and can make direct runs, but technically he is not at the same level as some of his Arsenal teammates, such as Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil.

The England international’s progress has been stunted due to the injuries and the fierce competition for places at Arsenal, but one has to ask if he was ever that good anyway.

The 26-year-old is versatile, but having been at Arsenal since 2006, by now he should have established himself as indispensable.

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