Theo Walcott wants to perform position u-turn at Arsenal

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It wasn't so long ago that Theo Walcott, plying his trade out on the wing for Arsenal, was urging Arsene Wenger to play him through the centre as a striker.

Now, though, after a less than successful stint attempting to become the Gunners' go-to guy up front, the England international appears ready to perform a complete U-turn.

Indeed, as reported by The Daily Mail, Walcott has now made it clear during crunch talks with his manager this summer that he wants to return to the right wing ahead of the new season.


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Perhaps with one eye on Arsenal's well-documented pursuit of a striker, and having failed to reach double figures in the goals scored column for three seasons, the 27-year-old is angling for a return to his roots as he looks to secure his future at the north London club.

"I have told the manager that I want to be known for playing on the right again," he said after being asked about the potential competition for places.

"I can play up front. I want to know where I want to play. The manager has said I can play up front. It depends on what game it is.

"I know I can do a job up front, as well as on the right. I want to make my position on the right – that's where I know where I am now."

Walcott's comments will make interesting reading for Arsenal fans who have become increasingly frustrated with the former Southampton speedster.

Injuries haven't helped him, but Walcott has flattered to deceive in recent seasons and he has failed to put in the kind of performances - up front or out wide - that would make him an automatic starter for Wenger.

Finding his place

With Arsenal moving closer to the signing of Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, and with Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud far more potent options up top, Walcott's only chance of remaining at the Emirates may be to move back out wide.

However, even then, the perennial England international will have a fight on his hands to get the minutes he craves.

Fellow wide man Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been in excellent for so far this pre-season, and may well have put himself at the front of the queue for a starting spot on the right when Arsenal kick off their Premier League campaign against Liverpool on August 14.

It will be interesting to see how Wenger opts to use Walcott this season. However, with just five goals in 28 total appearances in 2015/16 it might be just as well that he has given up his hope of becoming Arsenal's leading man.

Arsenal fans: Would you keep Theo Walcott? And where would you play him? Have your say in the comments below...

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