Former Gunner, Ray Parlour has warned Theo Walcott that deliberating over his future at Arsenal will harm his game.
The 23-year-old England winger's deal at the Emirates expires at the end of the season and Walcott has been linked with a move to both Chelsea and Liverpool.
Former Arsenal midfielder Parlour thinks Walcott should come out and make his decision and concentrate on his football rather than money.
'Everyone wants to see Theo Walcott sign a new contract,' Parlour told talkSPORT. 'He’s got a lot of work to do on the pitch though and, at the moment, he’s not playing.
'He’s a good player, but he needs to say whether he’s staying or he’s going and then concentrate on his football.
'All these contract talks can sometimes affect your game. He’s probably thinking more about money and less about his game.
Sure you have a figure in your head which you’re happy with and once that’s been agreed then it’s done. Whether Theo is holding his cards close to his chest and saying, "well, I’ve got one year left on my contract, I want £100,000 a week", I don’t know.'
Arsene Wenger expressed his irritation at Theo Walcott’s contract stand-off, warning the winger must commit his future to Arsenal as soon as possible.
The Frenchman has left Walcott out of his starting XI since he turned down a new £75,000-a-week deal at the Emirates and admitted the issue could become more pertinent if it is allowed to fester.
Walcott received a mixed reception when he was introduced as a substitute before scoring in Arsenal’s 6-1 win against Southampton on Saturday and Wenger conceded the fans’ reaction could also be problematic.
The 23-year-old is in the Arsenal squad to face Montpellier in their first Champions League Group B game on Tuesday, but Wenger was non-committal on whether Walcott has done enough to earn a starting place.
Asked whether the uncertainty about the winger’s future has affected his selection decisions, the Arsenal manager said: ‘It can, but at the moment I still hope to extend his contract so, at the moment, it doesn’t affect me. Of course at some stage it will.