Theo Walcott’s role at Arsenal questioned by Shearer

"We're still asking the same questions about Walcott as we were years ago."

Theo Walcott’s role at Arsenal questioned by Shearer

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Glen Laidlaw

February 29th, 2016

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Theo Walcott’s role at the Emirates Stadium has been questioned by former England international Alan Shearer following a less-than impressive performance against Manchester United at the weekend.

The Gunners desperately needed three points to close the gap on surprise Premier League leaders Leicester City on Sunday afternoon, however things didn’t quite work out as planned for Arsene Wenger’s men as they crashed to a 3-2 defeat at Old Trafford.

Theo Walcott’s contribution to the Gunners’ efforts could be considered minimal, given that the player made a mere 17 touches of the ball prior to being replaced by Olivier Giroud. His performance in the match was singled out for criticism by Alan Shearer and the former Newcastle United striker had a few things to say on Match of the Day.

“What I think is unfortunate is we’re still asking the same questions now as we were six or seven years ago about Theo Walcott,” he said.

“Is he a centre forward? Is he a winger? He’s not even a regular in that Arsenal team, and we’re still asking the same questions.

“His biggest asset is his pace so he shouldn’t be going that way all the time towards the ball. He should be going the other way to ask questions of defenders.”

The defeat leaves the Gunners in third place with five points separating them from table-topping Leicester City, while arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur occupy second place.

 

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