Theo Walcott’s hopes of becoming a striker have been dashed for now after Arsene Wenger said he will continue to play on the wing.
Walcott grabbed his 20th goal of the season in the 1-0 win over Queens Park Rangers at the weekend and has spoken of his desire to play as an out-and-out centre-forward.
However Wenger is reluctant to move him inside especially when he has proven he is capable of scoring goals this season when starting out on the wing. Another striker is on Wenger’s wanted list this summer and it seems as though Walcott will stay where he is for now.
“He finished in the middle,” Wenger said. “I use him on the flank because I try to put a player in the middle who can score goals and having another player on the flank who can score it gives you a little bit of security.
“[Walcott] is more mature in his finishing. His goal was similar to the one he scored against Manchester United. It’s a short back lift. He makes good runs and he is calm now in front of goal.
“When he arrived [from Southampton], in front of goal the ball could go anywhere. Now you see every time he hits the target, he is forcing the keeper into a save. That’s why his numbers are so much better.”
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