Arsene Wenger has insisted that Theo Walcott could yet become a striker at Arsenal, and urged the speedy winger to pen a new deal with the Gunners.
Only last week did the Frenchman confirm that his club were still in talks with Walcott, thus making it clear that they do indeed want him to stay in north London, and now the long-serving Arsenal boss has hinted over a possible position change for the player.
It’s long been known that Walcott himself is keen to become an out and out forward, though he’s rarely been given the chance to impress in the position throughout his career despite his electrifying pace.
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Now though, perhaps in an attempt to convince the 26-year-old to remain on his books, Wenger has offered him hope that his dream can be fulfilled soon.
"He is a good finisher now. When he was younger he was rushing his finishing, but he is a good finisher now. I bought him at Southampton when he was 17 because I believe in his qualities as a good finisher and now the timing of his runs are very intelligent," Wenger said, as per ESPN.
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'the best age'
"He's at the best age, being born in 1989. Being 26 to 32 as a striker is the best age as a striker and I wouldn't like to miss that golden age.
"He is naturally gifted to play in this forward position, but he has different qualities. Olivier Giroud has a physical presence, back to goal, can head the ball. Theo is more a guy who is a runner, who goes behind."
Whether or not that will be enough to convince Walcott to pledge his future to Arsenal is another matter entirely. He’s struggled to hold down a first-team place this year and has been plagued by injuries.
Chance in the future?
On top of that, with the Gunners setting their sights on a credible title challenge next year and a more convincing run in the Champions League, the competition for places as of the summer is only set to increase and he could therefore hold reservations over his future.
In any case it doesn’t look likely that he’ll be sold this summer, even if an agreement regarding his contract can’t be found. Only time will tell if he can use that period to impress in a role leading the line, or if he’ll even be given the opportunity to.
Arsenal fans, is Walcott good enough to be your striker? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.
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