Arsene Wenger reluctant to give Arsenalís savior Theo Walcott a striking role
Arsene Wenger claims he has no desire to give Theo Walcott a permanent spot up front in the Arsenal squad, although the young England international scored his 20th goal of the season against Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.
Theo Walcott scored a few seconds after the game began to give Arsenal a 1-0 lead. The scoreline remained the same till the end of the game, which means Arsenal remained fourth on the Premier League table.
The 24-year-old winger found himself in the middle of controversy after refusing to sign in an extension contract with Arsenal. Theo Walcott demanded a huge increment in his salary and opportunities to play as a striker.
In the end, the Emirates boss Arsene Wenger agreed to his demands, but made no promises of handing over the attacking role permanently. Presently, Theo Walcott has scored 13 Premier League, although he has been given little opportunities to play as a striker.
“He finished in the middle,” Arsene 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.
“He (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.”
Meanwhile, Arsenal’s summer signing Oliver Giroud has been unable to take a flying start to his career in London. The French striker has scored 17 goals and provided 10 assists. On the other hand, Theo Walcott has scored 20 goals and provided 14 assists; and he has achieved that playing mostly as a winger.