You can’t talk about Arsenal these days without adding some element of uncertainty. This time we have Theo Walcott expressing his admiration for the club despite a highly publicized disagreement over a pay raise. Then he flipped the script as he revealed hope to play striker this season. Yesterday The Short Fuse reported Theo shared his ambitions with Leo Mann of BBC Sport and Harry Hesp of ITV. The duo tweeted it out and Theo’s dubious claims over his deal had him back in headlines.
I’ve done my due diligence in avoiding hearsay, especially pertaining to teams I support, but the prospect of Theo as a striker is worth dissecting. He’s been out of the loop with Alex Oxlaide-Chamberlain, Gervinho and even Aaron Ramsey getting starts as right winger: a position Theo’s held down for some time. The holes in Walcott’s game have been well documented from his tendency to dribble with his head down to inaccurate crosses. He’s not known to create space and is far from an aerial threat.
However, if Wenger and co. can utilize his dangerous quickness towards crafty movement around defenses then they may have an ace in the hole with Walcott. He’s not a bad finisher after all. Also Arsenal’s wealth of midfielders, especially Cazorla and Arteta, could easily find him for goal scoring opportunities against weaker sides.
Arsenal’s 4-2-3-1 sees the likes of Olivier Giroud, Lukas Podolski and even Gerv the Swerve play striker: the latter of which leads the way with 3 goals in all competitions this year. Goal scoring is still a concern for the Gunners despite thumping Southampton 6-1. Plus Wenger’s got a way with revitalizing talent at his disposal even though Walcott resides in the manager’s doghouse. Then again, Arsenal’s an old fashioned club not known to accommodate players’ wishes.
Walcott’s ambitions will likely go unanswered and, before you know it, January will come around with more drama surrounding his potential departure. Besides, Gervinho has starts as a striker after only a year as a Gunner. Meanwhile, Walcott’s six year tenure without appearances up front tells you everything you need to know on the matter.
So yeah, how about that Ox kid? He’s a pretty good player…