Theo Walcott was one of three Arsenal players selected for the England squad to face Brazil in an international friendly next week, Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were the others. Walcott will hope to play as a striker, but is much more likely to operate on the right. This is where he plays most often for the Gunners, but Walcott thinks that should not always be the case.
Speaking after scoring the equalising goal with a great strike against Liverpool, Theo urged Wenger to start using him more often through the middle, especially against certain teams. The chance to play as a striker was one of the things that Walcott wanted to have before signing his new contract, but he knows that it will not happen all at once, but he is obviously ready and willing to take on the role more often.
“You must play to your strengths, and if you are against slow centre-backs, play me.
“I think the manager knows what’s best for the team. I do as well.
“Arsene Wenger has shown that faith in me and given me the chance to play up front recently.
“Hopefully I’ve shown him something Arsenal haven’t had in recent years.
“In the long term I want to be a striker but it won’t happen overnight.”
He may get some more chances soon, because there has been no more word about the transfer of David Villa from Barcelona since the Mail reported that we had put in an improved offer of around £12 million early this morning. With Giroud and Podolski also in good form, though, Theo will have a fight on his hands to get the covreted central role, which can only be good for Arsenal.