Former Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Danny Murphy suggested on talkSPORT that Arsenal’s Theo Walcott may have to look elsewhere if he has aspirations to play every week at the club.
Talks continue over a new contract for Walcott at the Gunners, as he looks to force his way back into the team ahead of the FA Cup final against Aston Villa.
There was evidence in the match against Manchester United last weekend that he’s still capable of changing big games, but he started on the bench at Old Trafford rather than from the start and Murphy suggested that a position on the bench is something he may have to get used to if he stays with the Gunners.
“I think a lot of it’s to do with him now. Does he need a new challenge? Does he need to be the main man somewhere? I can’t see with the attacking power that Arsenal have got, that he’s going to play every week. I know he’s earning good money but I’ve got a feeling he might move on,” he said.
Walcott does have the ideal characteristics of any impact player coming off the bench late on to sway a game; he’s got blistering pace and controls the ball well when he’s moving at high speeds.
However, he’s at a club where he’s down the pecking order behind some very good players.
Alexis Sanchez has been superb down both flanks since he arrived from Barcelona last summer and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has impressed, when fit, playing down the right hand side in combination with the right-back.
Arsenal could net a very good fee if he does look to push for a move away from the club, but if he stays then the message seems to be clear; play me from the start and give me a fair chance.