Walcott wants more time in the middle for Arsenal

Theo Walcott was one of three Arsenal players selected for the England squad to face Brazil in an international friendly next week, Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were the others. Walcott will hope to play as a striker, but is much more likely to operate on the right. This is where he plays most often for the Gunners, but Walcott thinks that should not always be the case.

Speaking after scoring the equalising goal with a great strike against Liverpool, Theo urged Wenger to start using him more often through the middle, especially against certain teams. The chance to play as a striker was one of the things that Walcott wanted to have before signing his new contract, but he knows that it will not happen all at once, but he is obviously ready and willing to take on the role more often.

“You must play to your strengths, and if you are against slow centre-backs, play me.

“I think the manager knows what’s best for the team. I do as well.

“Arsene Wenger has shown that faith in me and given me the chance to play up front recently.

“Hopefully I’ve shown him something Arsenal haven’t had in recent years.

“In the long term I want to be a striker but it won’t happen overnight.”

He may get some more chances soon, because there has been no more word about the transfer of David Villa from Barcelona since the Mail reported that we had put in an improved offer of around £12 million early this morning. With Giroud and Podolski also in good form, though, Theo will have a fight on his hands to get the covreted central role, which can only be good for Arsenal.

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96 thoughts on “Walcott wants more time in the middle for Arsenal

  1. k

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  2. PatLloyd

    Please get villa and stklenburg, Szeceny has been poor recently and needs competition, whilst Villa can bring experience and winning mentality, not to mention his ability and finesse. COYG

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  3. james

    inside right channel is where he is best, scores a goal a game and an assist almost every game from that place why move him its working lovely.

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  4. LUKE

    he scores more and becomes and better game changer and an altogether better player on the wing…

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  5. Jayjay

    Sooo we have signed monreal . . . WHO TOLD ARSENE TRANSFER SEASON STRTED

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  6. YoungGooner

    It doesn’t matter if he starts on the right, he drifts in to the center anyway during the game and this is why Sagna is performing so poorly. He is having to have to do two jobs, being RW and RB. So whatever ever happens Walcott does what he likes, starting to become a greedy player!

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  7. Gunners

    yes, he will get more time, but he said he wants to play in the middle if the boss put him there or if he faces slow center backs, and everyone agrees with him.
    arsenal signed a LB from malaga, but his price is not known as some report 8.5 and some 7 and som 6. it could be lower just like gervinho all said he cost around 13 but he actually costs 8mil, so lets celebrate coz no santos horor show in the league, but in the uefa,the game arsenal vs bayern is rumored to have 18+ show , as it is horror with santos vs robben or per vs shaqiri and ribbery, oh never mind

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  8. Moe

    Theo you don’t need to be a forward to score alot of goals. Wingers like Pires and C.Ronaldo scored loads playing there. :)

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  9. Philthompsonsnose

    I’d shag Kate Riley reporting for ssn at Norwich!!

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  10. goonerbri

    shud have got samba today, 12.5 mill is a bargain and wages wudnt have been a problem either. A lb is also on the cards and will be good cover for gibb. but pleeeease arsene, why don’t we give them the15mill needed to get villa. he wud serve us well for at least 3 more years and the exp he cud pass to theo and giroud wud be invaluable.

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  11. Malc

    Theo needs to shut his mouth now and do what he is payed to do! Arsenal fans have tolerated his cynical manouvering to get the contract deal he wanted but that’s it now! He’s not the manager, we all know he wants to play central, but Wenger will pick the team as he see fit… not Theo. If he’s not careful fans will turn against him if tries rocking the boat anymore. Shut up Theo… you’ve got your contract… and just play!

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  12. Gunners

    @YoungGooner why is walcott greedy, and btw, sagna performance have nothing to do with walcott, sagna straggled in the last 8 games, and never been the same sagna this whole season, even playing behind ox he has been poor,
    walcott deserves a chance more upfront but his best place is RW.

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  13. John Legend

    It is good he understands he has to be patient and he should start against slower defenders.

    In two seasons, you will be ready, boy,

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  14. johnverdal

    walcott will score more goals if arsenal play with 4-4-2 formation. giroud and waclott great partnership.

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  15. YoungGooner

    @Gunners There have been many of times in recent games where Walcott had a chance to slot the ball to the back of the box and he hasn’t done so, he’s tried to slip it past the keeper at the near post. My opinion is that if Walcott were to be a disciplined RW Sagna wouldn’t be having as much trouble as he is at the moment, if you watch the left Podolski backs up Gibbs a lot nut down the right that doesn’t happen, Sagna has been having to do a lot more then usual.

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  16. Ofir

    I like that little Spanish revolution we’re going through. Right now Spain is the world’s leading football nation, just like France used to be around the time we had Henry and Vieira.

    Let’s hope Nacho lives up to the expectations and teaches the rest of our defence how it’s done properly, or else we’re screwed.

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  17. johnverdal

    arsenal should play jenkinson at right back ahead of sagna.
    sagna is making mistake after mistake in the last 6 games.
    maybe we could play sagna at left in ucl if gibbs is not fit.

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  18. johnverdal

    arsenal’s half squad is useless.
    santos, squid, fabianski, denilson, park, diaby, ramsey, bendtner, chamakh , arshavin, mannone, djourou, mertesaker.

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  19. Gunners

    @YoungGooner no, walcott is better now than he has been coz he improved his finishing and he is a much better team player than he was, but sagna have been poor, his been bad in 1 vs 1 defending, and passing accurancy was poor so was his cross, can you tell me the last time he had a good cross in the box, emmmh last season he had many perfect crosses this year he had none, and that has noting to do with theo, it is that his injury made him slow and he is not the sagna he was last year #fact

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  20. nacho player anymore

    arsenal have signed no1!? well i havent seen any1 being confirmed yet!

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  21. booboo

    Made a mistake in previous comment about Monreal. \fee is closer to 8.3 million pounds. Bargain!

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  22. londongunner

    people should really stop complaining and critizing our top goal scorer, so he wants to play central striker shows some ambition and shows his hungary to score goals!

    nearly all strikers are greedy! its football it is a team sport but at some point someone on the team has to put the ball in the net!

    people forget to mention his second highest in assists after podolski! so his obviously not that selfish! when a player is on hot form you should be behind him and give him support! i dont get negative fans who just wanna slag off everyone and anyone! fair enough getting frustrated at players who playing like crap! but when you got a guy whose alomst scoring a goal a game! give him a break!!!

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  23. MYxCATSxONxFIRE

    SKy sports news: Diame has recieved an offer from a premier league club. Could be another Wenger panic buy?

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  24. jimmy

    A club has triggered diame realise clause reported on sky sports hope its arsenal

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  25. Lix

    BIG NEWS: West Ham United have just received a bid from an unnamed Premier League club which triggers Mohamed Diame’s release clause

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  26. londongunner

    @yo gunner

    problem with a 433 formation is that
    the fullbacks e.g sagna and gibbs are expected to play as both wingers and fullbacks! and the right wings and left wingers are more like wide forwards! this means that in order for the fullbacks to be effective they must possess high stamina levels and good pace! gibbs is good for this!
    i mean how many tackles have you seen podolski win not many!
    wheras sagna is very very slow of late and is really lacking stamina! if we were playing a 442 problerly wouldnt notice sagna weakness so much! but the point is its not really walcotts fault but sagnas defecensies!

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  27. goonerbri

    @phillthompsonsnose

    sorry dude I thumbs u down, but geez yeah I wud too mate

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  28. LARENZo_AFC10

    Got a feeling its spuds who have triggered his releasae clause…. Hope not!!! Even tho he wouldn’t be my choice rather capoue but I’d take him after seein players like lucas and henderson havin fun last night…

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  29. Hass

    Sagna is struggling defensively because Walcott and Chamberlin don’t provide enough cover. Obviously sometimes Sagna goes wild just like the other defenders with the clearances/slips/carlessness, but it can be reduced if those two help him. Walcot also drifts too much inside when Sagna is up attacking, he just gives it to Sagna and goes away in to the box.

    What was his celeberation yesterday? Walking like an old person on a stick? if it was its a total lack of respect.

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  30. Philthompsonsnose

    @goonerbri.. Well done! She’s mint! And about time some fit bird was on the box!!

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  31. booboo

    cuenca’s from barcelona gone to ajax on loan. probably means villa’s not coming…

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  32. Bristolgunner

    West ham have accepted a bid from an unnamed premier league club for diame

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  33. Mowember

    Errhmm is proly spuddies that have made a bid for diame oh my….. hope wenger find a cdm tonight please……………..

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  34. JW simply awesome

    wolcott should realize that playing on the wing and cutting inside and playing of giroud and cazorla is working perfectly for him. he now scores at least a goal per game. this is similar to c. ronaldo s role when he was at man u and madrid. he must be patient and work on his heading and hold up play if if wants that forward role. personally i feel in 3-4 years he ll be ready.

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  35. PetePaff

    Telegraph:
    The Diame release clause looks like turning into one of this evening’s most gripping sagas. Simon Peach of the Press Association is tweeting that it wasn’t QPR. My information is that it wasn’t Tottenham either. Well, you know who that leaves. Arsenal.

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  36. JW simply awesome

    and pls mr moderator can change my sad face into something else. haha.. thank you

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  37. Mowember

    why cant spuds scout their own players hate that man wenger sign cdm who the hell someone. Diame is a box to box player anyway we need wanyama type of player.

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  38. gonner4life

    To @gunner4life how do u no it’s spurs stop chattin and we’l c they r not in the markit for a CDM they r after a CF from brazil!! I just hope ut is arsenal who has made the bid for Diame COYG

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  39. sKeeza

    @geoffarsenal ( reliable source on twitter )

    @GeoffArsenal: Looks like our attempt to sign a Striker has failed. Sigh.

    Summer it is then.

    Don’t hold your breath about villa !

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  40. Skult

    2Hass: Theo stood in the pose of Reina who was stuck at the goal as the ball passed by

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  41. Gooner Cape Town

    Diame is a Wenger type player, more attacking. Pls let it be us and not spuds or Queer Park Rangers.
    Those 2 will suffice for now and if the Villa stories happen friggen bonus. Defence needs tightening.
    COYFG

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  42. nacho player anymore

    DIAME: THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE

    Still no confirmation on the mystery bidder for Diame – although one MirrorFootball follower on Twitter threw another credible suspect into the hat: Trigger from Only Fools and Horses.

    However, Justin Sullivan – the notoriously loose-lipped son of West Ham co-owner David Sullivan – has just tweeted the following:

    “Contrary to reports there has been no bid for Diame today from anybody”

    Call us cynics, but could an agent be trying to whip up some interest for his client at the last moment?

    Nah, surely not…
    -report 4rm the mirror

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  43. Gunnerforlife

    Diame release clause has not been triggered. West ham denies of any bid

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  44. Big Gun

    Why does Theo want to play central striker? He is far more effective on the wing, as the amount of space allows for full usage of his speed. He can always cut in and shoot.

    Looking forward to him and Giroud pairing up in future games.

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  45. Brada b

    Im jus havin a good feelin about DIAME comin to the gunners hope my feelin doesn’t goes to waste mr wenger im startin to like u in the last hrs of transfer window :)

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  46. ISF

    A recent survey confirming january as the most depressing month of the year is to be reviewed .Confirmation has been made that the poll had been solely made up of arsenal fans waiting for their club to show some ambition.The poll has been thrown into doubt recently and sources say it could go one way or the other in the next few hours! :)
    Come on Arsene put a smile on our faces !

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  47. goonerbri

    @phillthompsonsnose

    no worries dude, no talent on tv since kelly dalglish, now Kelly cates I think. we need sum more talent on tv lol

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  48. Hafiz Rahman

    wow

    Diame, Diaby and Coquelin

    any two combination will be formidable…..

    ADM and DDM

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  49. Jonny78

    Diarra is the west ham player on the move ;( at least spuds ain’t getting him

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  50. Gunnerforlife

    If we don’t get anyone then I would prefer Coquelin should be played before Ramsey and Diaby. Lets use our midfield in a better way. Ramsey tried to be a holding midfielder but he poor in defense and gives to many backward passes. About diaby Wenger said he needs rest. Wenger should keep him in a locker so that he doesn’t get injured. Worried about Bayern game

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  51. Philthompsonsnose

    @goonerbri
    Charlotte jacksons fit too!!! Think she was the one that andy gray was touching up and got the bullet for….?

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  52. Gunnerforlife

    In which planet those players are customised and made specially for Wenger. He was in for 2-3 players in Jan and he hasn;t signed even one!! I would have been happy if we could have cleared our deadwood so that we could prepare for summer

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  53. Wil

    How could Nacho teach our defenders??? He’s not a top Lb….don’t get me wrong he’s good but he isn’t great

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  54. ripple

    Walcott will play central from time to time and probably more frequently as time goes on. He realizes that he must play where he is needed the most for each game, but it will slowly happen.

    No need to worry about this one. It will take care of itself.

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  55. budgie

    I wish Walcott would shut up, Its not all about him! He is beginning to get on my wick, just do your job mate and shut the f@@k up!

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  56. Machiavelli

    I think we should buy a right winger in the summer and start playing him in the middle but then he won’t be able to play as many games, if Giroud keeps up the recent good work, or if the new winger is good.

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  57. Mike

    We should go back to 4-4-2 with Walcott and Giroud up top,i reckon that partnership would work well with Giroud’s height and his flick ons.

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  58. A Goonersville Citizen

    I think Theo’s current role of drifting in from the wing suits him well. He would perhaps fit in well with a two-striker team tactic.

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  59. Gundam

    he should play upfront if we play with two strikers in the formation… simple as that… his service is much needed on the wing to support the big man

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  60. Vinie2000

    Wil,im spanish gooner and for your information Nacho is considered the second best left back in spanish football right now.there’s lot anger between malaga fans right now coz this deal as nacho and Isco were the heart of the team..can send you links from marca and malaga papers.hopefully will be great addition,by the way hes in the spanish national team so at least good news for us gooners.still believe a DM is massively needed…capoue was my choice

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  61. true goon

    @YoungGooner,your absolutely right.

    @johnverdal,how the hell can we play 4-4-2,would we have out and out wingers?if so we will be outnumbered in midfield,cos Walcott doesn’t work back.Leave him on the RW,he’s just frustrated because the power he had b4 he signed has now gone an Wenger has the upper hand 4 a while,that’s why he’s been pushed to the wing.Don’t 4get he’s scored 95% of his goals from the right,why change it? bcos Walcott doesn’t want to track back?not good enough leave him on the wing,cuttin in.

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  62. true goon

    Hold on did Walcott really say

    ” Hopefully I’ve shown him something Arsenal haven’t had in recent years.”

    Hello,we had RvP last year.lol.COYG!

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  63. KC

    Walcott has 18 goals and 10 assists in 28 matches for Arsenal this season.

    Many of those appearances came from off the bench.

    He’s having an excellent season.

    Let him play where he wants.

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  64. Lazaro

    Im a walcott fan but I am growing tired of his demands to play up front. Giroud has 5 goals in 3 games and gives us another dynamic through the air. If they can develop a little more chemistry together walcott/giroud can be a really good tandem. I love Giroud on set pieces he’s such a beast.

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  65. true goon

    Giroud has 14 goals and 10 assists already in his first season,those are better than Theo’s stats for the last 6 years,and the seasons not over yet.

    @KC-thats like me saying Giroud should play where he wants.Theo should just play where he’s told and take 1 for the team not himself,Theo’s not a number 9,he’s a glorified whinger,sorry winger.

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