Former Arsenal midfielder Stewart Robson has sent out a harsh message to Gunners winger Theo Walcott, saying that should the Englishman look for a pay rise as he enters talks for a new contract, then he should be sold.
Robson, who is an England international from the 80’s who plied his trade in North London for eight years, feels Walcott is a liability defensively and has labelled the 23-year-old as “an athlete who puts on a pair of football boots”.
Walcott enjoyed a relatively succesful season as he remained relatively injury-free for once and managed eight goals and 11 assists in 35 Premier League matches in 2011-12. However Robson doesn’t count Walcott as an integral member of the Gunners first team squad, despite Wenger starting the Englishman whenever he could.
Robson told talkSPORT:
It wouldn’t worry me if Theo Walcott were to leave tomorrow.
Theo Walcott, for me, is not a good footballer. He is an athlete who puts on a pair of football boots.
He is quick, he is fast, but when he was younger he should have been taught how to be better technically, how to find space, how to find awareness. He has never done that and he is a liability when he is defending.
For Theo Walcott to want more money, I would let him go.
I find this hard to gulp. Robson is an Arsenal man through and through and even works for Arsenal TV as co-commentator, while regularly contributing to Arsenal’s official website with his ‘TV Online: Stewart Robson talking tactics’ segment before each match. So he know’s his stuff, and he know’s his Arsenal.
Do I agree? No, not entirely. I can see where he is coming from as Walcott isn’t as technically gifted as other footballers, but his skill has improved dramatically since he first broke into the Arsenal team and his finishing is often impressive. He should be a striker realistically, however he probably can’t work as a lone centre forward at Arsenal at the moment as he would not be able to handle the physicality of the position.
He is often associated to erratic hot-or-cold performances, but I feel a big reason for Walcott’s ineffectiveness in some games is due to service. When Fabregas was at the club he was able to unleash Theo all day, his pin-point through ball’s have been a big loss to the club, and I certainly disagree that the Englishman can’t find space because the timings of his runs are pretty solid.
It would be a big loss if Walcott is sold, he is still developing and is a vital cog in Arsenal’s set up. What are your thoughts, should his contract be renewed or sold this summer? Feel free to leave a comment below or discuss it in the new allArsenal.com forum here. Remember to sign-up and comment to go into WIN a 2012/13 Arsenal home shirt!