How close is Walcott to becoming a striker? by TS
Yes yes, Arsenal supporters all realize what’s been happening with Walcott behind closed doors at the Emirates and there’s constant doubt over his future with Arsenal in January, but let’s leave all that and concentrate on something else for a second, shall we?
Arsene Wenger stated that when he signed Walcott from Southampton in 2006, he saw him moving to a more central role in the future, and in 2010 even hinted at the possibility that the English international could make the switch soon. Two years later and Walcott is still out in the wide position however, that’s not Walcott’s fault. Theo has become a key player for the Gunners in a wide position and has yet to be given a consistent run, playing in the centre but it seems all that could change now that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has entered the Arsenal team set up.
Whilst comparing the two players, Arsene Wenger had this to say, ‘ They are a different style. I believe that Walcott is more of a striker-type and Oxlade-Chamberlain is a more midfielder-type.’
‘You could see Oxlade-Chamberlain developing into a central midfielder but you could never with Walcott. I see Walcott developing through the middle as a striker and Chamberlain maybe as a central midfielder.’
So then, that still begs the question of when Walcott will be given his chance as a striker? I suppose today’s game is as good as any to test Theo up front. With The Ox set to start, Arsenal have more than enough cover for him in the likes of Gervinho and Arshavin and even Podolski who can switch to right wing. 3-0 up with 20 minutes to go and I expect Walcott to get a shot. If Wenger isn’t going to use him as a wing, he may as well try him up front.