Thierry Henry says that Theo Walcott’s apparent confusion over his best position is part of why he’s missed out on another international tournament.
The England man won’t be in the European Championships squad this summer, after a disappointing campaign at club level. Given a chance to claim his place up front by Arsene Wenger, he was unable to produce the necessary consistency, and as the season went on became a bit-part player.
Having played more of his career as a winger, Henry believes that the 27 year old doesn’t know what he’s supposed to be.
“By now he should know what his position is, but it is not clear,” he said.
“He has struggled. His 10 years at Arsenal have been a weird one. Apart from one season where he played more than 30 games, he wasn’t really a starter.
“I always have a mixed reaction, Theo Walcott has been in the game for 10 years, you should know about him. You always have something to prove, he should know what he can offer to a team.”
The club’s all-time leading goalscorer was slightly more upbeat about Jack Wilshere, the only Arsenal man to make Roy Hodgson’s squad.
Suggestions of favouritism which saw him selected after missing almost all of the season were brushed away.
“When a guy is special he is treated in a special way,” he said.
However, he did raise doubts about Wilshere’s ability to produce his best.
“He needs to have some match fitness,” he continued. “It is one thing to go but can you play? If you go and you can’t perform, well that is another thing.
“You can train for eight months and think you are fit but once you play that first game, you sometimes need a month to get back to that level.”