Former Queens Park Rangers and Rangers midfielder Ray Wilkins said on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT on Monday morning (broadcast from 6am, May 9) that Kieran Gibbs and Theo Walcott should leave Arsenal in the summer transfer window.
“I think with Arsenal as well, I think there are lots of players at Arsenal at this moment in time who need moving on and playing,” said Wilkins on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT on Monday morning (broadcast from 6am, May 9).
“Kieran Gibbs at left-back. He is a young man, got into the England set-up. I wouldn’t be happy sitting in there behind Monreal. I would have to go and play.”
“Jack Wilshere must stay at Arsenal, but I definitely think Theo has to move on,” added Wilkins. “Theo has underachieved for the last couple of years and he is not getting any games for Arsenal at the moment.
“He has got to play games to fulfil that potential he’s always had, but to get games you’ve got to force the manager’s hand, and I doesn’t look like that’s going to happen at Arsenal. But Jack, on the other hand, he has got to stay. Arsenal have got to get him fully fit and playing.”
Gibbs has been on the books of Arsenal since 2004 and has a contract until June 2018.
There was a period when the England international was the first-choice left-back at Arsenal, but he is now behind Nacho Monreal in the pecking order.
The 26-year-old has been able to make just 15 appearances in the Premier League this season, scoring one goal and creating one chance in the process.
Walcott has been on the books of Arsenal since 2006, but he is not guaranteed a place in the starting lineup.
The England international, who can play as a forward or as a winger, has had injury problems in recent years.
The 27-year-old has scored five goals and created 17 chances in 28 Premier League matches for the Gunners this season.
Wilshere, who has been at Arsenal his entire professional career so far, has suffered with major injuries in recent years.
The 24-year-old England international midfielder has only just returned to full fitness after yet another lengthy spell on the sidelines.