Former Manchester United and England midfielder Ray Wilkins told talkSPORT that if he was Theo Walcott, he wouldn’t be looking to leave Arsenal.
The former Chelsea assistant doesn’t believe that a move to the Blues is best for the England winger, with the Daily Telegraph suggesting that he could be used as part of a swap deal for Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech.
However, Wilkins feels that it’s best for the player to keep his head down and focus on the Gunners, with no guarantee that he’d get any more game time in a Chelsea shirt.
“If I was Theo I wouldn’t go because if he doesn’t play at Arsenal, he’s not going to play at Chelsea. I think Theo now needs a season where he plays frequently, not just for himself but also for England. We have to see him play 30 odd games every year because he’s been at Arsenal for years,” he said.
It’s a difficult situation for Walcott because Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hinted towards the back end of last season that he would be looking to use the player as a striker.
He scored a hat-trick in the club’s final Premier League game of last season and also had a big impact in the FA Cup final win over Aston Villa.
He’ll be looking to play through the centre of attack more frequently, but that’s difficult at Arsenal because of Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck and the possibility of another striker arriving during the summer transfer window.
However, that should not be used as justification for a Chelsea move because there has been evidence with the likes of Mo Salah and Juan Cuardrado among others, that high profile moves don’t necessarily equate to game time under Jose Mourinho.