Le Tissier: Walcott can become top striker but not at Arsenal

Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier says Theo Walcott may need to leave Arsenal to further his career

Theo Walcott can become a top striker but may need to leave Arsenal to realise his potential, according to Matt Le Tissier.

The Gunners forward has been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool over the past week amid reports that Walcott could be used as a make-weight as part of an Arsenal deal to sign Raheem Sterling.

Walcott, who was part of Roy Hodgson’s England side that drew 1-1 with Italy on Tuesday, has struggled to earn a regular starting spot in Arsene Wenger’s first-team since his return from a serious knee problem.

Speaking to talkSPORT on Wednesday afternoon, former Southampton midfielder Le Tissier defended Walcott’s talent and explained why the 26-year-old could be best-served leaving the north London club.

“He could be a very useful centre-forward in a team that plays on the counter-attack.

“Arsenal tend to dominate football matches, especially at home, and there isn’t always a lot of space in behind the back four.

“You saw last night, Italy didn’t allow too much space in behind and dropped fairly deep, and there was no room for Theo to manoeuvre.

“I do think he could be a centre-forward if he was in a different team.

“I don’t think Roy [Hodgson] did him too many favours last night by throwing him against the Italians as a centre-forward, especially when he has spent nearly a year out injured.”

Walcott has made just four starts for the FA Cup holders in all competitions this season due to the knee injury which forced him to miss the second half of last season.

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However, the England forward has still managed to score three goals this season.

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