Theo Walcott had a diificult day as central striker for Arsenal today, and Olivier Giroud was not on the bench for some reason. Gervinho, therefore, was the only possible replacement on the bench for Walcott, or was he?
There was a certain German international striker already on the pitch, a man who has been asking for the chance to play down the middle. Lukas Podolski has scored plenty of goals for Colgne and Germany and has already shown Arsenal fans some brilliant finishing.
Playing on the left, however, in his first season in the English Premier league, he has drifted into the background on occassion. His tracking back is not the best, and detracts from the attacking impact he can have.
It might have been a bit harsh on Walcott today, but Wenger could have brought Gervinho or Arshavin on and played them on the left, with Podolski down the middle. At the end of the day, the needs of the club far outweigh the personal feelings of the players.
It would be good to give the German a few games in the central position. Wenger could then have three different strikers capable of playing and scoring in different circumstances