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Nicholas believes that Walcott should have left years ago

Charlie Nicholas, the former Arsenal player, insisted that he believes that Theo Walcott should have left the club two or three years ago – and now, it might be too late for him to save his career.

The TV pundit insisted that Walcott should be gone by now and it is too late for him – Everton have shown a huge interest in getting him as Sam Allardyce confirmed that but the situation remains unclear. However, Walcott experienced his second-best career season last year as he managed to score 19 goals and made 37 appearances – but this season, he has managed to net just four times.

The former Gunner spoke about Walcott’s situation as he said, according to Sky Sports“I’ve got nothing bad to say about Theo – people can pick holes in his record, but they got a lot from Theo. They never got the true potential that we were all waiting on, but I think three or four years ago we realised that was never going to materialise. When he wanted to be a number nine, he was never going to get the number nine shirt, he always had to play on the wing. I think for that last two or three seasons, he should have moved by then and realised, as soon as people like Sanchez, Ozil and all the other strikers started coming into the football club, his time was coming to an end.”

He continued by adding that staying at Arsenal is too complicated for him: “Arsenal became too complicated for him. They didn’t know if they wanted to play the success story which was a nine and a ten, and then they got confused. Sanchez can play nine or 11 and Ozil had free-rein – he could play but he wasn’t really a number ten.”

In the end, Charlie Nicholas claimed that he doesn’t know where he would play at Everton: “I wouldn’t know where Sam sees him playing. He’s getting Yannick Bolasie back on the right, [Gylfi] Sigurdsson’s now found a role on the left and they are just finding a bit of shape so I’m actually not sure where he fits.”