Walcott has grabbed headlines with his man of the match performance against Newcastle, and with his current deal set to expire next year, negotiations should take place soon.
Many Arsenal fans have grown frustrated with the Englishman’s inconsistency, but Wright has stressed that he is only 22 and his preferred position is upfront. He has a lot to give it will show over the coming years, but in order for that to happen the Gunners must act quick to secure his future.
Wright, who is a regular writer for The Sun, said:
We’re talking about a 22-year-old England player. I’m very excited about him, he’s fantastic.
People say he’s not consistent enough but I think the only reason why that is is because right-wing is not his natural position.
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I think he’s a striker who runs on to things and getting in between central defenders he would cause havoc.
It’s paramount that they sign him up and get it done quickly. He’s going to be an England player for many years to come so the sooner they sort him out, the better.
He certainly has found form recently and is back to his dangerous best. The no. 14 can certainly inspire Arsenal to a top three finish if he can continue to deliver vital crosses for Van Persie and keep his opposing defences on their toes. Wright believes that Arsenal can beat rival Spurs to third place at the end of the season because they don’t have the experience of the Gunners at finishing a season.
Wright told Absolute Radio:
This is where their squad’s going to be tested and this is what I say to the Tottenham fans.
You just have to wait and watch them get reeled in because even Manchester City, with the money they’ve spent and everything, are getting reeled in.
Tottenham are having a great season, but the fact is they don’t know how it is to finish it off at this stage, which is the problem they’re going to have now. They lost against Everton, they got murdered against Arsenal and lost to Manchester United.
When you pull that many points back, it gives Arsenal more than a good chance of finishing above Tottenham.
Arsenal know how to finish the season and stay in that top four, while Spurs are still finding out what it is like to be in there, stay in there and the pressure of having to win games.
I think Arsenal know that and it has just been good to stay close enough to get the points where they can and now we’re one point behind and right amongst them. I think we can finish third, no problem.
The final season run in will be the most nerve racking for the Gunners in years with Chelsea right on their heels and Spurs one point ahead, but if they can keep up the form that has seen them win five league matches on the trot then they can secure third place.
One big deciding factor is the fitness of the players so hopefully with a bit of luck (for once) there will not be any major injuries to the starting players. Rosicky’s form has been nothing short of inspiring and with that has come Walcott’s increased performances because he has someone that can finally bring him into the game more. Fabregas used to do it superbly, but now the Czech international is able to activate Walcott with his precision passes.
The next few weeks can determine the rest of the season with some ‘easier’ matches for the Gunners against Everton, Villa and QPR before facing City at home. Where you think we can end up? Third place seems very much a possibility with Spurs on the down and Chelsea struggling to find top gear. I almost hope Chelsea manage to win in the Champions League tomorrow so that they have more matches to worry about..