Theo Walcott must stay at Arsenal, says former striker Charlie Nicholas

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Former Arsenal striker Charlie Nicholas has urged the club to keep hold of Theo Walcott.

The England forward is being widely linked with a move away from north London, and he has not been selected by Arsene Wenger since the 3-2 defeat to Manchester United in February.

On that day, he was slammed for a perceived lack of effort, and that is a huge factor that could also jeopardise his place in England boss Roy Hodgson's plans.


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Wenger's decision

England have an abundance of forwards to choose from heading into Euro 2016, but Walcott must first ensure he has a place at Arsenal.

Nicholas believes he does still have a role, but Wenger needs to change the way he is used.

"I do believe he has it in him to score 20+ goals in a season. Arsene needs to change something for next season and he clearly needs to change the way he uses Walcott if he's going to get the best out of him," he told Sky Sports.

His chief concern, though, is that Arsenal cannot afford to lose the 27-year-old because he would be likely to go to one of their Premier League rivals.

Rival clubs hovering

"I think if the money was there, Arsene would sell him but I would not. It scares me that he could go to another club and deliver."

The former Southampton man's reputation means that he would expect to be playing every week, but the rise of youngster Alex Iwobi has pushed him even further down Wenger's options.

Walcott's pace and eye for goal would make him an asset at any Premier League club, but it would take a bold move for one of Wenger's rival managers to take him on, as they would need to be convinced that he could develop in a way he has not done at Arsenal.

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