Arsene Wenger thinks Theo Walcott can become a 'prolific scorer'

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Arsenal's striking concerns have been well documented throughout the opening weeks of the season. Olivier Giroud has struggled for club and country and was booed by sections of France's support during their friendly win against Serbia.

The forward's performances against West Ham United and Liverpool drew criticism, and many Arsenal fans were concerned after Arsene Wenger opted against bringing in another forward during the transfer window.

However, the French manager may have found the solution to the Gunners' striking issues, in the form of Theo Walcott.


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The England international added to his goals in midweek with the opener in the Gunners' 2-0 win over Stoke City, and Wenger thinks he can become a 'prolific scorer'.

Despite missing two good chances, Walcott showed composure to break the deadlock and beat a stubborn Jack Butland, who looked intent on frustrating Arsenal as his team-mates sat back and watched.

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The 26-year-old's goal was his 11th in as many appearances, and his manager believes he has the attributes to become a prolific finisher.

In his after match press conference, as per the Independent, Wenger said: "Theo needed great technical quality to score it. I felt we could use his movement, that he could find little pockets of space.

"I believe he can be a prolific scorer because at the end of games you think to yourself ‘how many chances did he have?’ He gets into good situations.”

The Arsenal boss' rotation between Walcott and Giroud continued as he brought on the French forward after 75 minutes.

Giroud, who scored 19 goals in all competitions last season, bagged the second, ten minutes after coming on, to stake his claim for the starting position.

However, sterner tests will come for Arsenal's strikers and their next league game, a trip to Chelsea, will give a clearer indication of Walcott's ability as a lone forward.


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