Ian Wright wants Theo Walcott to stay at Arsenal

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Arsenal legend Ian Wright believes it would be a shame if versatile forward Theo Walcott left the club this summer, reports

The 26-year-old has endured a tricky time in north London of late, having failed to secure a regular role under the guidance of manager Arsene Wenger, and it now appears that his long term future at the club is in some doubt. 

Liverpool interest

In fact, the same report from Goal has revealed that Arsenal's Premier League rivals Liverpool are one of the clubs interested in the player's signature, but it remains to be seen as to whether Brendan Rodgers an Co. step up in their pursuit of him anytime soon. 

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Wright, though, certainly wants him to stay on at Arsenal, as he told Goal: "It’s a shame for him, and the fact that people are talking about him maybe moving on if someone else comes in makes me quite sad.

"I really like him at Arsenal but he’s got massive decisions to make in the next few months.

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"I always believed Theo should have been a striker at Arsenal with his pace. I thought playing him on the right would last so long and then he would get moved inside. I’m not saying he’s the same kind of player as Thierry Henry by any stretch, but I thought Arsene would move him inside.

"I think that’s been to his detriment, because he would have learned a lot more about the game and runs he’d have to make. I’ve seen him finish very well when he gets into one-on-one situations."

England struggles 

Walcott had a night to forget on the international scene this past week, however Wright has claimed that there was a lack of service from the England midfield. 

He continued by saying: "Things didn’t go well for him the other night because he didn’t get the service with [Phil] Jones, [Fabian] Delph and [Jordan] Henderson in the midfield.

"When Ross Barkley, Michael Carrick and Andros Townsend came on you saw there was a lot more forward and positive football being played that may have benefited him.

"I just hope something happens where he can stay at Arsenal."

Still time 

Ultimately it appears that Walcott still wants to play as a striker, but he could yet be handed that chance for the Gunners. 

At the end of the day, the long-term injury which kept him out for so long, has slowed his progression down in north London of late. Now at 26, however, Walcott must step up sooner rather than later if he's going to really kick on under Wenger. 

Arsenal fans: Do you want Walcott to stay? Have your say in the comments section below! 

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