Arsene Wenger has said that he wants to keep Theo Walcott at Arsenal after Ian Wright claimed the winger should move on (via The Metro).
With Arsenal playing in three separate competitions, Arsene Wenger has elected to split his side in half for Premier League and cup commitments.
One player who has spent more time in the cup team than the league is Theo Walcott.
After a decade in the first-team, Walcott has slipped to the fringes which led Arsenal legend Ian Wright to last week claim that the former-Southampton man should move on.
“I think so [he should leave], for [his own] sake,” Wright told Sky Sports.
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“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’s given Arsenal great service in the time he’s been there and for me he should move on for himself.”
Now, Arsene Wenger has weighed in on the debate and claimed that he wants to hang on to the 28-year-old.
“I do not want Theo to move on,” he said in his pre-match press conference. “His time in the Premier League will come.
“I’ve gone into a rotation policy because we play Thursday, Sunday most of the time so at the moment he has got less minutes in the Premier League than other competitions.”
Theo Walcott has been a good servant to Arsenal in the last decade but it’s difficult to see how he can get back into the first-team. He’s played just 27 minutes in the Premier League this season so perhaps it is a good time for him to move on.