Former Arsenal striker John Hartson has told talkSPORT that he feels it’s time for Arsene Wenger to make a decision with regards to the position of Theo Walcott.
Walcott finished last season playing through the middle as a striker and Hartson has suggested that Wenger needs to either keep him in that role for the coming season or leave him in a wider position where he can have an impact.
“Arsene Wenger has been saying for a number of years now that he feels that Walcott at some stage, will end up as a striker through the middle, but when is that time? Walcott now is 26, 27,” he told talkSPORT.
Two reasons he could play as a striker for Arsenal
There are two very good reasons that Wenger should nail his colours to the mast and make Walcott a striker, who can cover out wide rather than the other way around.
Firstly, he’s got the pace to make any opposition defence very wary of playing a high defensive line against the Gunners.
In situations where there is space in behind, it will take a special defender to keep up with the Arsenal man who can accelerate dramatically over the first ten yards.
Secondly, Wenger has a good option to play down the right in the form of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
If the Ox can stay fit, then he could thrive if he makes that position his own over the course of a long season and he’s also got that burst of pace, which would make him a very good attacking partner with Walcott.
The alternative is for Wenger to sign another striker, bringing in some support up front and leaving Walcott to play out wide for as long as he’s a Gunner.