Arsenal Debate-Can Walcott stay in the 20 club?

When Theo Walcott scored for Arsenal after 20 seconds against QPR yesterday, it was his 20th goal of the season in all competitions. That is the first time the England international has achieved that number in his ninth season as a professional footballer, and has helped the Gunners to get over the traitor van Persie. The question is, is that the shape of things to come or merely a one-off season?

Theo has been pushing Arsene Wenger for more chances to play as a centre forward, and would use this season’s goal tally as evidence why he should. Most of those goals, however, were scored with him operating in his normal position on the right of the centre forward. He has scored in the last two games while Lukas Podolski has been in the middle, so maybe he is better there. He might not get the space he needs through the middle.

What has become clear this season is that he is finishing a lot better. He is relying on instinct more, rather than over-thinking when he has the ball, something he was often criticised for previously. A look at his international stats for England would back this up, just four goals from 31 games and three of those came in one game against Croatia.

He will be hoping now to take his club form on to the international stage, and I think he will. He has become increasingly influential for England, but he still plays on the right. Maybe the old saying of `if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it` applies here. I am sure that is where he will play against Wigan next Tuesday and Newcastle on the final day.

He may want to be a centre forward, but as long as he keeps scoring from the right, then that’s where he is likely to play. I think he will continue to improve and I expect him to get to 20 again next season, or somewhere close. As long as he keeps working hard and playing well, he will get some chances in the middle, but I don’t think it really brings out the best in him. Do you agree Gooners?

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30 thoughts on “Arsenal Debate-Can Walcott stay in the 20 club?

  1. WhenRamiresDiesThereWillBeMassiveParty

    Yes, he can.

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  2. 03/04

    With a 4-4-2 him and Giroud would make an awesome partnership.
    - strength, areal abilitites, flick ons (Giroud)
    - pace, finishing and assists (Walcott)

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  3. Mk

    It’s seams everyone at Arsenal are vying to play as CFs ,this is a sign that there is no real good striker at Arsenal.Because if there was any , people would stick to there positions.

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  4. ks-gunner

    we need a thinker in our team who can do all the football thinking and desicion making in our game play…

    Cesc Fabregas would be ideal….to resighn

    Theo is a good athled but he doesnt know how to think footballwise….i am aksing my self how a player with such an enourmus speed cant passd his player in 1 vs 1 situations….

    neverless he did a good job till now…my only concerne about him is that is seems cocky at times….he things of himsels as very big oftenly….always praising himsels….a true champion doesnt do that….good players are critical and always aim to improve….

    he also should keep his head up…as he always tend to go for personal glory and he oversees teammates who are in better goalscorin pozitions….. up the arsenal

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  5. Wanchor

    Walcott is great upfront hes sharp and gives defenders a problem he isnt the best of dribblers making it hard for him on the right. Would love to see him and Giroud together more

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  6. chamberlain

    oi theo?
    yeah?
    STICK TO THE WING, playin up front just aint your thing

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  7. Arsenalover

    Yesterday Walcott was selfish ..

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  8. Lord theo

    Theo will score goals 4rm left,centre or right it just depends on the final pass or quality of the through ball.

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  9. Gunnerscott

    His speed is suiting him well in the wing, he just lacks the fight to be a success in the center,

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  10. Gunnerscott

    Watching Liverpool v Everton is like watching paint dry,,, We are at a cross road, do we become them? Or do we turn the corner and head North? Damn I hope we spend some cash, keep our core, and get this going again, to think we re fighting the Spuds for 4th…

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  11. Ian Matthews

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  12. Nikhilesh Maiya(India)

    He’s on form jus wen poldi has bcom cf

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  13. the king

    his been getting better and better. and his the only winger in the PL to get 20 goals. so his kind of the best winger out there this days.
    and our top scorer ahead of the CF giroud.
    do people still have a problem with paying him 90-100k coz i am sure any other top club would happily pay him 150-170k a week.

    if they can give walcott a though ball he can be deadly
    we need to change our game to suit walcott a bit rather then play to the strengths of giroud who lets face it his been poor.

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  14. AidanGooner

    He’s 24 and at Arsenal, logic says he will keep improving for a few years

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  15. PatLloyd

    next season he should be aiming for 25-30+. He’ll hit 22 by the end of the season

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  16. Previgo

    WALCOTTZ GOALS HAVE BEEN INCREASING BY SEASON… I XPECT HIM TO NOTCH UP TO 25 NEXT SEASON… ON HES POSITION, I THINK HES BEST ON D WING..CUTTING INSIDE AND MAKING THOSE ONSIDE RUNS..WICH PERHAPS WAT HO POSSESSES MORE DAN ALL OUR PLAYERS… BUT HE LACKS A LITTLE BIT OF SKILL..I THINK IF HE IMPROVES GREATLY ON DAT..DEN WE CAN HAVE A PLAYER OF 30-35GOALS A SEASON… WENGER SHUD ALSO BE GIVING HIM MAYB 5-6 CHANCES OF PLAYING CF A SEASON

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  17. Matty

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  18. tissiam

    you can say whatever about theo but it seems to me like a guy who has his head screwed on,i love his answer yesterday when asked about his goals tally,he said he was very happy about it but that the more important was the team winning&fighting for cl qualification RESPECT !!

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  19. jumper

    @ian matthews i guess the after effects of overplaying FIFA 13?

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  20. jumper

    @ks-gunner maybe u were not listening clearly.he may be a bit selfish on the pitch but his motives were never personal glory…that showed when he stuck with us rather than leave like others

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  21. jumper

    @matty or that just could go wrong on that day and it ll be in the back of the net…then u ll go all emotional and all by that goal from mediocre giroud…shop sh*tting urself and get behind the team..

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  22. Mk

    If Walcott is a world class striker why do we want to buy a striker???

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  23. gunners4life

    WOW!!! HE SCORES IS 20TH GOAL OF THE SEASON AT THE 20TH SECONDS…

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  24. KC

    Walcott’s a great talent. He’s had a very good season and he’s definitely worth the money in his new contract.

    That said, we still need a new striker. We need a top quality striker to either add to a rotation incluidng Walcott/Giroud/Poldi, and we also need a creative midfielder. Because Santi and Jack bare far too much of the burdon for our creative midfield play. Arteta is locked into serving the role of ball winner/possession passer. Ramsey runds around a lot, but, despite the fact that he used to be seen as an attacking midfielder, he’s completley useless from a creativity standpoint.

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  25. Roy

    I just wish Walcott would put more imput into his game.We are a player short for 50% of a game with Walcott.Yes,his goals are important but he doesn’t put the opposition under any prolonged pressure,I would even go as far to as to say he’s lazy.That is why we appear to be under pressure for long periods of a game,even against inferior opposition.100% effort by 11 players is required.

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  26. toumazis

    Walcot he would score more goals am sure as 4the help he gets podolsky does not fit or ramsey as 4 gervinho he has 2 lern 2release the ball 2 his team mates u can do that all by uR self,the rest of the players we have they R good as ateam as 4 Walcot can be better than bale.

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