Ex-Arsenal man turned journalist Adrian Clarke has heaped praise on Theo Walcott, branding him the deadliest right-winger around.
Clarke played just seven games for Arsenal at the start of his career, and moved from club to club a number of times after that. He became a journalist after retiring, and has featured regularly on Arsenal Player and as a co-commentator on Arsenal’s official online television channel.
He took to Twitter to reveal his admiration for Walcott, highlighting the fact that the right-wing was far and away his best position.
No right winger I know is more of a goal threat than Walcott. It’s his best position – no doubt. Makes unstoppable runs from there.
— Adrian Clarke (@adrianjclarke) September 5, 2015
The praise came after Walcott’s display for England against San Marino, with the pacy forward coming on as a substitute and grabbing a brace.
He has struggled for game time at club level this season, despite only recently signing a lucrative new £140,000 per week contract (via The Telegraph).
When he has been given the chance in recent games he has been played alone up front, and despite his insistence that he wants to be a striker (via The Telegraph), he has found things difficult.
Clarke clearly believes we should be deploying Walcott on the wing rather than up front, and he’s not alone. Arsene Wenger has insisted on playing Aaron Ramsey on the flank this season, which has consequently seen our width all but disappear. We look far more effective with Walcott or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the right, so Wenger’s reluctance to field either player is baffling.
Hopefully the 26-year-old is pushed back on the wing for our clash against Stoke, so we can see whether Clarke is right.