Former Arsenal icon Ray Parlour feels that his old club are missing the width that Theo Walcott gives the Gunners. 

The England international has not featured for Arsenal since suffering an abdominal injury in mid-September.

The rapid wideman signed a new deal in January this year which will see him stay at the Emirates Stadium until the end of the 2016/17 season.

In addition, the former Southampton man scored an impressive 14 goals in 32 Premier League appearances last season. 

Parlour, formerly an Arsenal midfielder, feels that the side have become narrow in Walcott's absence because there's no balance on the right. 

“It’s going to be interesting to see what Roy does but it’s also going to be interesting to see what happens regarding Theo getting back into the Arsenal team as well," he told Sky Sports.

“One thing when you look at the Arsenal team is that they do sometimes need a bit of that width on the right side.

“A lot of the players look to cut inside and prefer that middle area. Sometimes you do need that pace that Theo Walcott can bring to a team.”

On Sunday, Premier League leaders Arsenal were dealt their first defeat since the opening day of the season away to fierce rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Despite the loss - inflicted in painful circumstances via the head of former Gunners star Robin van Persie - Arsenal are still currently on top of the Premier League by two points. 

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