Theo Walcott has been an Arsenal player since 2006 and yet Arsene Wenger still doesn’t know his best position.
The 27-year-old, who has spent the majority of his career out on the right wing, has backtracked on his admission that his best position is through the middle.
Earlier this week he revealed that he has told his boss of his desire to return to the wing. Will he ever settle in one position? Probably not.
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The blame for Walcott’s inability to truly fulfil his potential can be shared between the player and his manager. Most would argue that Walcott’s ceiling is lower than first thought, but he hasn’t been helped by the Frenchman’s reluctance to play him through the middle.
Only last season did Wenger acquiesce to Walcott’s demands to play in a central position. Now, rather bizarrely, the Frenchman believes he has “all the ingredients to be a great striker.”
Couldn’t have figured that out in 2007, could you Arsene, when Arsenal needed a striker to replace Thierry Henry?
"I believe [Walcott] has all the ingredients to be a great striker," the Gunners boss said after Arsenal’s 8-0 win over Viking, per Goal.
"He has the quality of his runs, he's a very intelligent player, he's a good finisher. He's not a great defender so to use his runs in the final third for us could be very efficient.
"On the flank today so much defensive work is asked of the players. You lose a lot of his qualities when you put him there.
"I don't really doubt that for me, in my head I will use him more up front."
Set to start vs Liverpool
After enduring a difficult pre-season, Walcott finds himself fortunate that Arsenal haven’t invested heavily in the attacking department.
And with Olivier Giroud out of next week’s Premier League opener at home to Liverpool, the England international looks set to start up front at the Emirates.
It means the one Arsenal player who received more criticism than most last season will spearhead their attack on Sunday.
Wenger defended Walcott
Wenger defended the player amid all the criticism.
He continued: “Especially one game that was a question for Theo Walcott was at Man United [a 3-2 defeat in February], where everyone questioned him in his position.
"Because on the day he didn't perform well. But it was not only Theo Walcott who didn't have a great game, it was everybody. But from then on people became sceptical."
Here’s how Arsenal fans have responded to Walcott’s latest position change.