Arsenal legend Ian Wright earlier this week suggested Theo Walcott should perhaps leave the club, but Arsene Wenger insists the forward’s time will come.
England international Walcott has been on the fringes of the first team this season, having played just 48 minutes in the Premier League thus far. Speaking on the Sky Sports programme The Debate this week, former Gunners ace Wright claimed the forward may need to move on to progress his career.
But ahead of the visit of Swansea City on Saturday afternoon, Wenger insists that the former Southampton youngster is still very much in his plans, and that he needs to show a little patience and his time to shine at the Emirates Stadium will once more be presented.
“I do not want Theo to move on,” said the Frenchman. “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.”
Walcott has been at Arsenal since 2006, and he has gone on to score 65 goals in 264 league appearances. He has, however, failed to really establish himself as an automatic pick for the starting eleven, with injuries taking their toll and his form tending to come in patches.