Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has told Arsene Wenger he wants to play on the right wing ahead of the new season. The Englishman has been deployed up front for a number of seasons but wants to switch back out wide to try and resurrect his Arsenal career (via The Daily Mirror).
He joined Arsenal as one of the brightest young talents in English football but it’s fair to say that Theo Walcott hasn’t yet lived up to the hype. The 27 year-old moved to the club from Southampton in 2006 and has made close to 350 appearances for The Gunners in the past decade.
The Englishman has only surpassed 10 Premier League goals in just one of his ten seasons at the Emirates so perhaps it’s about time Walcott admitted he isn’t the answer to the club’s striking problems.
“I have told the manager that I want to be known for playing on the right again, although I can play up front.” Walcott said when speaking to The Daily Mirror.
“As for myself, I know where I want to play. The manager has said I can play up front. It depends on what game it is. I know I can do a job up front as well as on the right.
“I want to make my position on the right; that’s where I am now.”
Walcott performed poorly during Arsenal’s tour to the United States and is yet to score for the club in pre-season. The Englishman signed a new contract at the Emirates just last summer but his place in the side is now threatened. The 27 year-old was woeful at points last season and scored just 5 Premier League goals despite being one of the highest paid players at the North London club.
With the near-constant transfer links to new strikers, Walcott seems to be aware of the fact that his place in the side is under threat. The only way the Englishman can keep it is to perform on the pitch.