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.
“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’.
Walcott is diffidently well passed his sell by date.Still more likely miss or fall over,than even test the goal keeper.
— Grayface (@bigpaleface) November 2, 2017
Ditto my brother….@gunnawinsoon who gave the game a miss. Walcott has seriously regressed as a player.
— Bob White (@Bacoletplayer) November 2, 2017
Theo Walcott has had the most pointless careers I’ve ever seen in football.
— Jasper Wu (@JASPERWU) November 3, 2017
Me when I see Walcott on the team sheet https://t.co/BKlVM3RO7b
— Black Sheldon Cooper (@KajahSnr) November 3, 2017
Walcott is a donkey, a con artist and a dead bit of meat. Fuck off
— Oli Winter (@OliWinter1) November 3, 2017
I could be one for just £100 a week and I'd be better than Theo Walcott https://t.co/XHpKSf09B7
— I AM PASH (@MesutPash) November 3, 2017
An amputated Cazorla is still better than Walcott.
— The Ice Man (@BrutalArsenal) November 3, 2017
I hope to god Walcott leaves, he was horrendously shit yesterday actually cannot believe he is on 140k a week
— کاچهو (@Waqas_Akram1) November 3, 2017