Theo Walcott has claimed he feels as though he would score a lot of goals for Arsenal if he was given the chance to play as a striker regularly.
Speaking to his club’s official website, the explosive winger, who has always maintained that his favoured position on the pitch is serving as the final frontman, once again reiterated his belief that Arsene Wenger should place his faith in his goalscoring prowess.
Despite the fact that Walcott has many critics who say he isn’t a natural forward, the 27-year-old’s self-confidence is unwavering, as his latest quotes make clear.
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“It’s obviously well documented that I want to play up front but there’s a lot of competition for places here," Walcott said.
"I will do my best in any position when I am given the opportunity to play for this club. I will always be judged on goals and assists but I feel like I would score a lot of goals up front.”
Of course Arsenal’s front-line was a topic of much debate over the course of the summer transfer window, with the majority of supporters feeling that Wenger needed to add a household name to his strike-force, if the Gunners are to provide a sustained challenge for the Premier League title this term.
Either due to a lack of options, or just simply the fact that he is happy with what he already has, Wenger opted not to bring a new striker in, leaving just Olivier Giroud - and potentially Walcott - as a natural presence up top.
Need for a forward?
What caused even more of a stir is that rivals Manchester United were able to strike a late deal for AS Monaco’s Anthony Martial, and even if he cost £36million he’s still the sort of player Arsenal fans would have loved to have seen Wenger buy.
Nevertheless it looks as though Walcott will get his wish of being handed time as a striker, with Wenger void of any 20+goals-a-season men. The England international will have to improve on last season’s record of five goals in 14 league appearances if he’s to become Arsenal’s main man though.
Gunners supporters, do you think Walcott is good enough to lead the line? Let us know in the comments box below.