Theo Walcott is nothing but a squad player and Arsenal should have him sold him in the summer transfer window. Instead the Gunners gave him a new contract.
Walcott has been on the books of Arsenal since January 2006 when he joined them from Southampton.
The England international is a good player and showed promise in the early years of his career, but he has been found out.
The 26-year-old is a player who makes Arsenal’s squad better, not their starting line-up.
True, Walcott has pace and can create problems for the opposition with his runs, but he can offer little else.
Make no mistake, Walcott is a good player, maybe even a very good one, but he is nowhere near world class and will never be.
The Englishman’s progress over the past few years has been hampered by injuries, but Arsenal have still finished in the top four of the Premier League.
If Walcott were to leave in the summer transfer window, then the Gunners would not have missed him.
The former Southampton man cannot play as a centre-forward, and there are better players than him in the Arsenal squad who can play out wide or in central attacking midfield.
Perhaps the Englishman would excel in a two-striker system, but Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger does not always deploy two strikers up front.
The Daily Star reported back in June of Liverpool’s interest in Walcott. While selling the 26-year-old to the Reds would not have been a good move for Arsenal, the North London outfit should not have given him a new and improved contract either.
The Daily Mail reported in July that Walcott will earn £140,000 a week after signing a new four-year contract at Arsenal.
That is quite a lot of money for a player who is not good enough to play regularly in the Arsenal first team.