Theo Walcott is desperate for Arsenal to end their six year trophy drought this season, as he has not yet won anything at Arsenal, and also has discussed his potential transition to a centre forward with Wenger.
Walcott’s recent interview in The Independent on Sunday, highlights his desire for trophies and to play centre forward as he once did, a position in which he thrived earlier in his career netting 100 goals in a season for Newbury while still a schoolboy, and also netted in each of his first three League starts for Southampton.
“Trophies are the thing you’re gonna look back on in the history books,” he said, “Look at [Ryan] Giggs, a great example, and the trophies he’s won. You want to show your kids what you’ve won and what you’ve achieved in your life and, um, nothing so far.
“We’ve been so close, the Carling Cup last year when I was injured, and against Chelsea in the  final, when I got my first goal. Nearly there. So it’s got to be this year. It has to be. We’ve got to believe we can do it with the slow start we’ve had.”
“As a defensive unit, not just the back four, we weren’t at it,” said the 22-year-old. “We managed to score two goals, which we haven’t done for a long time at Old Trafford, and you want to get something out of that. But then going in at half-time at 3-1, and the goals start coming, heads start to drop. It wasn’t nice to be part of.
“Great credit to our fans because we let them down there and that should never happen. Probably the international break came at a good time because the club were under a lot of pressure. That gave us a bit of a respite. Getting the Swansea result [1-0] was great, but then scoring three goals at Blackburn and losing to a team that had been struggling to score…”
Walcott also revealed that he had spoken to Arsene Wenger about playing in his preferred position as a central striker, after the Borussia Dortmund draw in the Champions League.
“I sat down with him after the game and asked if I’d get the opportunity to play up front, just being completely honest with him, saying at times I feel I’m a little bit wasted on the wing,” he said.
“But he took it on board and said he’d give me the opportunity. Hopefully that will be very soon because I can give a lot more up front. I’m ready for it. The boss was saying that physically you need to be able to take some kickings but physically I can take that. I’ve always believed I’m a striker and I’ll always believe I will be.”
With only 18 months left on his Arsenal contract, Walcott is likely to not want to sign a fresh agreement until the end of the season to see if he will win any trophies playing for the Gunners. A major part in his decision will also rest in whether his transition to a centre forward will happen under Wenger, however the Frenchman has hinted in the past that this will happen, but how will he fit into the 4-3-3 system when Van Persie is fit? I feel that Walcott can really only work up front if he has a striking partner that will play the holding striker role, allowing the Englishman to have more opportunities to find space and runs. Perhaps for England he should have this position, but for now its difficult at Arsenal, however he should perhaps get his chance against Bolton in the upcoming Carling Cup game next month after seeing him completely rip apart the Wanderers in last weekends match.