Ian Selley: Theo Walcott can become a 'real superstar' for Arsenal

Former Arsenal midfielder Ian Selley feels Theo Walcott can be a superstar under Arsene Wenger.

Former Arsenal midfielder Ian Selley told Extra Time for talkSPORT why he feels the Gunners have to keep Theo Walcott beyond this season.

Manager Arsene Wenger has been quoted by ESPN urging Walcott to stay at the Emirates and sign a new deal, ignoring the prospect and rumours linking him with a move away and Selley has echoed the thoughts of the Frenchman.

“I’m sure that Wenger will have regular contact with him on the training field – If Arsenal can keep him and can keep him fit, then he can become a real superstar for the club, there’s no doubt,” he said.

The difficulty that Walcott has faced is that he started the season out of the side with a knee problem.

Arsenal signed Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona last summer and with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also having played well, Walcott has found it difficult to get back into the side and to get back to his best form.

The side have learnt how to cope without him and are on the verge of securing a second place finish in the Premier League, which is an improvement on recent seasons.

Walcott has to assess whether he’s likely to be first choice at the start of next year, which is the main gamble he’ll toy with in relation to a new deal.

His current deal doesn’t expire until the end of next season according to transfermarkt which means the club aren’t under any pressure to sell, but they risk him walking away for free next year if he doesn’t commit to a new deal.

Hopefully the Gunners can get him to stay and hopefully Arsene Wenger can get most out of him, challenging him to create a real problem in terms of midfield selection.

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