Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has stated that he felt that Theo Walcott could be the man to break down Stoke and that is why he selected him at the Emirates Stadium yesterday.
The England international usually plays second fiddle to Olivier Giroud in the number nine role, but was handed a rare start against the Potters in the Premier League on Saturday.
Walcott managed to open the scoring in a 2-0 victory, with Giroud coming off the bench to get the all-important second and ensure the Gunners picked up a valuable three points.
The former Southampton prodigy has been used as a winger for the bulk of his career, but has made his desire to play centrally painstakingly clear over recent years.
Wenger was full of praise for Walcott in the aftermath of the game and stated that the Englishman can be a goalscoring threat for Arsenal in their ambitions of winning major silverware this season.
“I know Stoke are a compact, organised team in their own half and Theo could find little pockets to get in their and maybe that you get two or three chances to counter attack at home so maybe you can use that,” Wenger told the club’s official website.
“He scored a great goal because you needed technical quality to score and timing in the finish. It is good Giroud came on scored as well.
“He has chances. He can be a prolific goalscorer. When you come out of the game and look at the amount of chances he scored. The bigger the belief he has to score the more he will score. But he gets in good situations.”