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Arsene Wenger must continue to keep faith in Theo Walcott

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In the aftermath of Arsene Wenger's failure to bring in a world-class striker to Arsenal's ranks this summer, questions have been raised once again over whether their current strike force are capable of leading a title charge.

The Frenchman was linked with a host of big names for the entirety of the summer yet decided against signing any of his targets, for one reason or another.

Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott remain to be the Gunners' main options as the spearhead of their attack, with the latter the man who Wenger must continue to mould into the lone striker role.

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The 26-year-old England forward has largely failed to hit the ground running for Arsenal this season, owed in part to his lack of playing time, but following a brace against San Marino in the international break and his goal against Stoke City on Saturday, Walcott has proven that he has the killer instinct required as a striker.

For this very reason, Wenger ought to continue to play him in his favoured striker role to transform him into the clinical frontman that he's more than capable of becoming.

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Walcott has all of the qualities required to be a top striker - speed, finishing and movement - he just needs fine tuning, something that only game time can provide.

And when supplied by the creative talents of Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey, too, the former Southampton starlet will thrive. The aforementioned trio work best when their team-mates make runs in behind and Walcott can do just that and to great effect.

Giroud, on the other hand, cannot, and whilst an excellent striker on his day, the Frenchman has become all too easy for the stronger defences in the Premier League to deal with. He's a one trick pony, in some senses.

Walcott offers unpredictability, in more ways than one admittedly. His turn of pace, if combined with consistent finishing and increased ruthlessness in taking his chances, could turn him into one of the Premier League's most feared strikers - it's merely a case of whether Wenger has the patience to allow him to adapt.

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