Does Wenger really believe Walcott can be a striker? by AH
The last few games have seen Arsene Wenger pick Theo Walcott as the man to lead the front line in Arsenal’s attack. He has made a great effort and performed well in the majority of games he has played this season and it’s his form that has gathered such interest in him from other clubs.
In recent weeks Theo has performed well, scoring a goal against Reading but I don’t think he has the dominant striker threat that top class strikers should have. Now, I’m not taking away the fact he has scored 11 goals in 19 games this season, because it’s a great return considering most of the games he has played in he has been placed on the wing and he hasn’t played the full 90 minutes. However I feel he lacks certain attributes a top quality striker needs.
Walcott is good when it comes to beating defenders onto through balls because of his sheer pace, however I think he lacks the ability to turn and create an opportunity for himself. How many opportunities have we seen Walcott through on goal this season, yet not score. Every striker isn’t going to score all the opportunities they get but the top quality strikers put the majority of their clear chances away, something Walcott fails to do.
I think he has the potential to make it as a striker, but whether he should be considered and relied on as Arsenal’s first choice striker is a different matter at the moment because I think Giroud has a far better impact when leading the front line, while Walcott can pop up with the goals from the wing. Another reason why Walcott has been playing is because Giroud hasn’t been fit to play, but it’s obvious that Wenger hasn’t just been playing Walcott as a striker because of Giroud’s absence because we have seen Walcott in the role when Giroud has been available as well.
So it shows that Wenger is willing to provide Walcott his wish to play as a striker, but does it have anything to do with Walcott’s contract situation. Does Wenger really believe in Walcott and his ability to be a striker or is Wenger partly sacrificing the strength of the team in order to play Walcott as a striker and therefore show an advantage when it comes to sorting out the contract situation?