Ray Parlour warns Arsenal's contract-rebel Theo Walcott to forget money and focus on football

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.

'It’s one of those situations where the player has got to be happy with what he’s got. I can never understand these wrangles over contracts.

'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.'

Asked whether the uncertainty about the winger’s future has affected his selection decisions, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger 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).

‘If in April it’s not done (a new contract), you can think now it will be difficult to do.

‘Is the fans’ reaction a worry? It is. I think you want your players to be supported no matter what kind of contractual situation they are in.’