Chris Sutton completely laid into Theo Walcott following his performance in the Europa League against Red Star Belgrade.

Sutton reckons that any one of the other 10 Arsenal players on the pitch deserved to wear the captain’s armband over Theo on Thursday night.

“He hasn’t improved anywhere near enough,” Sutton said on Eir Sport.“He burst onto the scene at Southampton and I think he’s flattered to deceive for years.

“And, how uninspiring must it be for the Arsenal players seeing him, as captain, leading you? 

“He’s not captain material. The 10 other players are far more captain material than him.

“I’m really disappointed with him, he’s a choker, he doesn’t want to show for the ball.”

Ouch. The former Celtic striker definitely wasn’t holding back in his criticism of the 28-year-old following Arsenal’s uninspiring 0-0 draw against the Serbian side.

While I think his tirade against the forward was a little unnecessary, it’s hard to disagree with his general point.

Theo hasn’t been at his best for a long time and, with under two years left on his contract, I don’t see him staying at Arsenal for much longer. Therefore, having him lead out the team, potentially because he’s been at the club since 2006, seems like a bit of a lazy choice. If Theo was a leader, maybe I’d understand why Wenger made him skipper but he isn’t. He never has been.

The Englishman put in another drab performance against Red Star, having just two shots and completing 76% of his passes. Not really the type of display you want your captain to be putting in.

And if you think Sutton’s criticism was harsh, you should see some of the fans’.