Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn feels Theo Walcott should consider a move to West Ham to rejuvenate his fledgling career.
The former Gunners defender believes there’s no place for Walcott in Arsenal’s current system and says a move away from the Emirates Stadium is the 28-year-old’s best option of getting regular playing time.
“ The problem for Theo is that Arsenal switched the system at the end of last season and that system doesn’t suit him, not at Arsenal anyway.” he said, as quoted by Goal.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger changed to a 3-4-2-1 at the tail end of last season in a bid to turn the club’s form around. It worked but came at a price for the likes of Walcott, as there was no place for him in the squad.
Arsenal were utilising wing-backs to provide the width rather than wingers, meaning Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal were the primary choices on either side.
And with the likes of Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez and AS Monaco’s Thomas Lemar linked, Walcott’s time at Arsenal looks to be up.
“Theo will think that if Arsenal are trying to limit his game time, he’ll feel like ‘where do I fit in? Is it time for a new challenge?'” Winterburn added.
“I think when players of that quality become available, it’s natural to say that they would say they are interested.
“West Ham playing with two up front including Carroll with Theo, I can see that working very well. Then you also have the option of playing him off the striker or playing right or left, so you’re getting a fair bit for your money.
“The problem for Theo at Arsenal is where do they see him playing if they stick to a back three or back five?”