Arsenal's Wenger not impressed with Walcott's U21 call-up

Arsene Wenger fears Arsenal starlet Theo Walcott could suffer a backwards step in his career if he represents the England under-21s for the European championships next year.

Arsene Wenger fears Arsenal starlet Theo Walcott could suffer a backwards step in his career if he represents the England under-21s for the European championships next year.

Wenger is clear he would not stand in his way, but added: "When they go from a top team to the under-21s with all the examples I have seen it doesn't really work. I have seen it many times with young players and it has never worked very well."

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