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Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier has urged versatile Arsenal forward Theo Walcott to leave the Emirates and embark on a new challenge which would be beneficial to his career.
The English international who has been with the Gunners for over a decade since joining from Southampton as a 16-year-old is currently out of favour with just three substitute Premier League appearances to his name this season and Le Tissier has now called on the 28-year-old to seek new pastures.
“Theo’s 28 now – he’s been at Arsenal a long time,” Le Tissier told talkSPORT‘s Hugh Wizzy.
“There have been periods where it has been decent for him there. But there have been other periods where injury or loss of form has stifled him a little bit.”
Speaking further on Walcott, Le Tissier went on to reveal that the speedster should ideally have made the move away a long time ago.
“I was surprised when he signed his last contract with Arsenal. If I’m honest, I thought he was due a fresh challenge.
“He looked like a player who needed freshening up [and] a player that needed to be played every week and to have a manager who believes in him, 100 per cent.”
Walcott who predominantly plays on the right for the Gunners is also adept at playing through the middle, though he may not have developed into the top class forward many would have hoped for, he has however been more than dependable in his time thus far in North London.
The player has so far scored 107 goals and provided a further 74 assists in over 390 appearances for the Gunners.