Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has stated that Theo Walcott’s form playing as a centre forward has justified his decision not to buy a new striker over the summer.
The Emirates Stadium faithful have deplored their long-serving head coach to buy a world-class striker, which many feel will be the final piece of the jigsaw and see the North London outfit able to compete for major honours.
Despite being linked with the likes of Karim Benzema, the Gunners boss did not buy any new outfield players over the summer and showed faith in Olivier Giroud and Walcott as his number nine options.
Wenger has been full of praise for Walcott and stated that the England international’s performances of late have justified his decision not to sign a striker.
“I believe Theo can be a central striker,” Wenger is quoted as saying by BBC Sport.
“But at the start of the season, I faced questions from everybody: ‘why don’t you buy a central striker?’
“So sometimes you have to have strong beliefs and show the players as well that you believe in them in that position.
“I always said that he will play through the middle and he got his knee injury when he played well through the middle against Tottenham. It took him a while to come back, I must say.”
Walcott appears to be Arsenal’s first-choice striker now, with the sprightly forward’s pace adding another element to the club’s attack, with his link-up with Alexis Sanchez impressive in recent weeks.