Stewart Robson believes Theo Walcott’s new £88,000-a-week contract is double what the Arsenal star deserves.
The Gunners winger, who is set to sign the bumper deal before the end of the month, has been in and out of form recently, scoring four goals in his last four Premier League appearances, but failing to convince in the FA Cup tie against Swansea on Sunday.
And former Highbury favourite Robson claims the money allocated on retaining the England star’s services could have been better spent elsewhere.
“If Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski were playing well and Santi Cazorla was getting bags of goals, Theo Walcott would have left Arsenal in the January transfer window,” he told the Sports Bar. “Theo Walcott has come along at just the right time and will get paid double what he really deserves.
“Theo Walcott is overrated. He’s got good pace and is looking like a good finisher but his general game understanding is not very good. Most of the other players at Arsenal have a better technical understanding of the game.
“Walcott is too hit and miss. He’ll have a good couple of games and then play like he did against Southampton where he couldn’t hold up the ball. He had to be swapped to the right wing because he was so ineffective up front.”