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Tottenham legend: Arsenal star should not play up front

Arsenal's Theo Walcott is not a striker, according to a Tottenham Hotspur man who should know.

Gary Lineker upset Roy Hodgson with his description of England's performance in Ukraine as 'awful', and he would not have been the only one he offended.

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott caused a stir last season with his refusal to sign a new contract at the club unless he was played up front. 

Arsene Wenger temporarily relented and gave him a chance in his preferred position, but as soon as he signed the new deal, Walcott was moved straight back to the right wing.

Walcott has not commented on his lack of opportunities up top, which split fans - He was superb in a 7-3 win against Newcastle, but anonymous in a home defeat to Manchester City.

However former Tottenham hero Gary Lineker, who won the FA Cup with Spurs in 1991, beating Arsenal along the way, believes Walcott should continue on the wing.

Walcott has enjoyed a positive start to the season, a nightmare opening game against Aston Villa aside where he made a paltry total of just 10 passes.

He did find it tough going against Ukraine however, failing to show his best form or provide a cutting edge in the contest. Walcott ended up being hacked down and leaving the field limping late on.

Arsenal are short on strikers at present, but they are equally short on wingers, and Walcott may have to continue waiting for another opportunity through the middle.

What do you think of Lineker's comments, is he right?

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