Arsenal star Theo Walcott still wants striker role

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Theo Walcott is still set on becoming a goal scoring hero at the Emirates, despite strong competition for the striker role.

Although Arsenal are sitting four points clear at the top of the Premier League table, their title credentials have been called in to question.

One of the main reasons causing doubt is their lack of options up front. Olivier Giroud has been in good form but with only Nicklas Bendtner to replace him if he gets injured, many are calling on Arsene Wenger to use the winter market to sign reinforcements.

But Lukas Podolski is set to return from a serious hamstring injury and Walcott is working his way back to his best after an abdominal injury kept him out for the whole on November.

In the past, Walcott has been more than willing to state his desire to play up front for the Gunners and was widely reported to be demanding guarantees from Arsene Wenger that he will be given a chance before signing a new contract.

Walcott eventually signed a three-and-a-half-year deal at the Emirates and impressed when given the chance to play in the loan striker role, most notably scoring a hat-trick against Newcastle United.

However, thanks to the flourishing form of Giroud, Walcott has been deployed on the right-wing when called upon this season.

Whilst acknowledging that Giroud is playing too well to be dropped, the 24-year-old insists he still harbours ambitions to play up front.

“Last year I scored goals up front when all that issue was going on with the contract side of it, where I wanted to play etc,” he told the Evening Standard.

“I am totally different to Ollie so if the manager chooses for the right games to rest him and play me up front, that’s fine. But it is the manager’s decision and I am not going to argue with him while we are sitting top of the League.

“I still believe I am a striker but with the team playing this formation, it is difficult at this moment in time.”

Doubts remain over whether Walcott could succeed as the lone striker in a 4-5-1 (4-2-3-1) system because of his lack of physical presence.

But Walcott says his pace and skill make up for a lack of pure muscle and insists his style of play offers a good alternative to the target man, Giroud.

“I definitely could play the one up front because of the amount of combination work the midfielders do, I would stretch teams as well,” he said.

“Last year I was top goalscorer for Arsenal and top English goalscorer in all competitions so my level is definitely there.”

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