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Arsenal: Former captain worried about Walcott and Podolski

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Former Arsenal captain Frank McLintock has stated that he does not believe Lukas Podolski or Theo Walcott have got what it takes to play centre-forward for Arsenal.

Though both sidelined with injury, Podolski and Walcott are the only two senior alternatives to Olivier Giroud to play through the middle and McLintock does not believe the situation is good enough.

Speaking on Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek programme he said:

"We’ve only got Giroud and sometimes Lukas Podolski can play in that position, but he’s not as good when playing as a centre-forward – he looked quite lost and it’s the same with Theo Walcott."

He added: "If Giroud gets injured for any length of time, then all the good work that has been done already could go out of the window.

"We have a history at Arsenal of long-term injuries and if that happens to Giroud then unless we get someone in January…. but I think the club is well aware of that.

The ex-Scottish defender said he would like to see Arsenal add to their attacking options in the transfer window,

"Very much so I’d like Arsene Wenger to be active in January.

"You can’t have any weaknesses in your team (if you want to win the title) and that’s a potential weakness.’

"I was very disappointed that we didn’t get another centre-forward before the season started," 

Arsenal prepare to take on Borussia Dortmund and then Manchester United in a crucial week for the side as they look to prove they can compete at the highest level after a convincing victory over Liverpool at the weekend left them five points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League.

A result in Dortmund would appear to be vital for Arsene Wenger's side having suffered defeat in the reverse fixture, which leaves the standings in group F delicately poised after three games.

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