It's unfortunate: Ian Wright comments on Arsenal star Theo Walcott's progress after 10 years

Ian Wright says Theo Walcott's lack of progress is unfortunate for Arsenal.

Former Arsenal star Ian Wright has commented on Theo Walcott's poor form, after a particularly lacklustre display against Manchester United.

Walcott was anonymous when he came on against Barcelona in the Champions League in midweek and was similarly invisible in his display in the 3-2 defeat at Old Trafford, substituted midway through the second half.

Walcott has been at Arsenal for a decade now, and his lack of consistency and progress is grating on supporters.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live 606 on Sunday evening, Ian Wright believes Walcott's failings are due to a lack of teaching about what it means to play effectively as a striker.

He said: "It's very unfortunate. He hasn't learned the ball retention required to play in that position. It's a shame, as he's getting a lot of stick at the moment."

Walcott's struggles make his man-of-the-match performance against United in November a distant memory, and his display in that victory only makes his current plight even more frustrating.

That display was seen as a coming of age for the England international, but since then he has been unable to kick on, and has really gone backwards.

Neither he or Olivier Giroud are hitting the net with any regularity in 2016 and that does not bode well for Arsenal's title hopes unless there is a sizeable turnaround in fortunes.


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