Arsenal attacker Theo Walcott explained live on Sky Sports before the club’s game against Crystal Palace yesterday, that he’s been directly spoken to by Arsene Wenger over his role in the team.
Walcott was questioned over not starting every game in Arsenal’s attack, but said his frustrations were exactly the same to any other player who feels they deserve to be in a team on a more frequent basis.
Wenger seems to have reverted to using striker Olivier Giroud through the middle of his attack, after Walcott played well up front towards the end of the last campaign.
“It’s obviously frustrating – What’s good is the manager has pulled me to one side and spoken to me about my role – It’s no secret that I want to play up front,” he told Sky Sports.
Something Walcott may have to accept
It may be the case that if Wenger has now accepted that Walcott will be playing as a striker this season, he’s not going to start in every game.
Arsenal play a system which is based around having one striker in front of a talented and creative midfielder and it doesn’t seem likely that he’ll switch to a system with two forwards any time soon.
At the moment, Giroud is the main man and the player Walcott has to try and dislodge to put forward his case as the number one striker.
However, that’s not going to be easy as the French attacker looked to be in good form, grabbing himself a goal in the win against Crystal Palace yesterday.