Theo Walcott urges Arsenal to complete £80m summer signing after Porto defeat | Football

Ivan Toney has impressed since returning for Brentford last month (AMA/Getty)

Theo Walcott urged Arsenal to sign Brentford striker Ivan Toney in the summer in the wake of their Champions League defeat to Porto on Wednesday evening.

Arsenal slipped to a 1-0 defeat in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie as Galeno’s injury-time strike sealed the win for Porto.

Mikel Arteta’s side failed to replicate their impressive Premier League performances in recent weeks as they failed to register a shot on target at the Estadio do Dragao.

And former Arsenal forward Walcott feels the Gunners need to bolster their attack with Toney, who was valued at £80 million by Brentford during the January transfer window.

‘I am a big fan of a certain Brentford striker who I won’t name,’ Walcott told BBC Radio Five Live after Arsenal’s defeat to Porto.

‘It’s really quite obvious to see there with all the set pieces, Arsenal are a really big team, but if you’ve got someone like that in your team as well.

Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal before the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Arsenal FC at Turf Moor

Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli ‘would have a field day’ with Ivan Toney in attack, says Theo Walcott (Getty)

‘Missing [Gabriel] Jesus tonight as well who is a different sort of No.9, again, there’s no one else to call upon. Kai Havertz is not a striker, I think he’s done really well but I don’t think he’s a standard No.9.

‘That is something I feel that Edu and Mikel will be discussing in the summer, I’m pretty sure about that.

‘I know we’re talking about someone who is not at the club but you play different with certain players up front, I remember playing with [Olivier] Giroud up front I played differently.

‘Having a big man up front, the wingers would bounce it off him, [Bukayo] Saka and [Gabriel] Martinelli would have an absolute field day.’

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