Why Arsenal should play Theo Walcott as a lone striker against Spurs

The Gunners will be without their first two recognised centre forwards, but playing the England winger through the middle could well be effective.

Arsenal take on north London rivals Tottenham in the third round of the FA Cup this weekend, and Arsene Wenger will have a selection dilemma on his hands.

In attack, Olivier Giroud and Nicklas Bendtner are both injured and will not feature against Tim Sherwood’s charges.

As such, Wenger must choose between limited options as the man to lead the home side’s line.

There is an argument to suggest that Lukas Podolski or one of the young stars could play as the lone striker, but it makes more sense to play Theo Walcott through the middle.

Against Tottenham, Walcott’s pace could well see him as a more ideal striker than the missing pair.

Although Spurs have been good on the road this season, bar their debacle at the Etihad Stadium, without Jan Vertonghen they lack pace at the heart of their defence.

Michael Dawson and Vlad Chiriches have looked vulnerable against strikers that will outstrip them in behind, with Walcott’s threat sure to have this effect also.

As such, the Spurs back four may well drop deeper to avoid the onrushing Walcott, which in turn will allow for more space in the front of them for the Gunners’ ball players to utilise.

Walcott has also netted a number of goals since his return from injury, and as such looks like a clinical option to deploy as a centre forward.

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