LONDON, Sporting Alert – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is still in doubt over whether Theo Walcott can play as a striker, despite the England man demanding to be used as a center forward.
Walcott, who is known for his skills and pace to get past opposing players on the wings, wants to be given more chances to play in a more central role as he seeks to contribute extra in the goal scoring department.
However, Wenger, although giving in to the wishes of the player, doesn’t think he’s clinical enough to feature in that role and prefers to use him more as an inside forward.
Walcott started as the main man against Wolfsburg in the second game of the Emirates Cup on Sunday, but once again failed to impress his manager in that role, as he struggled to strive in the central position.
In fact, his failure to beat the Wolfsburg goalkeeper in the early parts of the first half on Sunday – following a lovely through ball pass from Mesut Ozil – forced Wenger to make an adjustment at halftime.
The Frenchman brought on Chuba Akpom to replace Ozil and moved him up front.
That meant Walcott had to operate on the wider flanks and the 26-year-old was quickly off the mark as he netted the opening goal five minutes into the second half.
Pulling off the flank and unmark, Walcott collected a nice through pass from Jeff Reine Adelaide before toeing the ball around the keeper.
A delighted Wenger stood in applauded. as he knows he made the correct decision to move Walcott wider. He was later replaced by Olivier Giroud.
It is understood Arsenal are still in the market for a striker, with a number of players, including Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema, Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette and Napoli forward Gonzalo Higuain, all being linked.