Ian Wright tells 28-year-old to leave Arsenal: He needs to finish career on a high

The Arsenal legend believes Theo Walcott should leave the Gunners to salvage his career

Arsenal legend Ian Wright Photo: BT Sport

Ian Wright believes Theo Walcott should leave Arsenal to salvage his career.

The Gunners forward has fallen down the pecking order at the north London club in the 2017-18 season.

Arsenal signed Alexandre Lacazette in a club-record £52m deal from Ligue 1 side Lyon in the summer transfer window.

Walcott is now competing with the France international as well as Alexis Sanchez, Danny Welbeck and Olivier Giroud up front.

The England international has only made three substitute appearances in the Premier League to find his first-team opportunities limited.

While Walcott has got just 47 minutes of Premier League football under his belt this term, the English forward has featured in the League Cup and the Europa League.

The 28-year-old scored three goals and made one assist in victories over Doncaster Rovers, BATE Borisov and FK Crvena Zvezda.

However, former Arsenal striker Wright believes Walcott’s time at the Emirates Stadium is coming to an end.

“I think so, for (his own) sake,” Wright told Sky Sports when asked if Walcott should leave Arsenal.

“I’m not sure where he can go now with Arsenal and he’s only playing in the Carabao Cup and the Europa League.

“He’ll want to finish on a high in respect of what he’s doing, he’s given Arsenal great service in the time he’s been there and for me he should move on for himself.”

Arsenal signed Walcott from Southampton in the 2006 summer transfer window.

The experienced striker has scored 107 goals in 388 appearances in all competitions over the past 12 years at the north London club.

The Gunners are looking to win the Premier League title for the first time since 2003-04 this season.

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