Johnny Giles: This Arsenal star hasn’t grown up under Arsene Wenger
Johnny Giles isn't impressed with Arsenal striker Theo Walcott
Johnny Giles doesn’t believe Theo Walcott hasn’t matured under Arsene Wenger despite being Arsenal’s longest-serving player.
The England international captained the Gunners as he celebrated his tenth anniversary at the club earlier this year, with the north London side losing 1-0 to bitter rivals Chelsea at The Emirates.
Walcott was omitted from Roy Hodgson’s England squad for Euro 2016 this summer after failing to secure regular first-team football at club level in the second half of last season.
The 27-year-old has been working hard on his fitness over the summer months, regularly taking to Instagram to document his sessions in the gym and on the training pitch ahead of the new season.
But former Manchester United midfielder Giles isn’t convinced Walcott will ever flourish as an Arsenal player, adding that the forward’s position in Wenger’s is irrelevant.
“I read an amazing thing last week. Walcott says he doens’t want to play as CF and wants to go back on the wing,” Giles told Newstalk.
“This is a player who said centre-forward was his best position. It’s not the position he’s playing in – it’s him! It’s like he is looking for a magic position. Walcott has been there 10 years and he doesn’t show any more experience. He hasn’t grown up to be a competitor or a man.”
Walcott has scored just 85 times in 344 appearances in all competitions for the north London outfit over the past 10 seasons.
The England striker has only won two FA Cup titles during his long spell at the Gunners.