We have recently heard of regular winger Theo Walcott’s desire to be given the opportunity to play up front and he is hoping his display in attack against Udinese will prompt Arsene Wenger to give him that opportunity.
Walcott was one of the stand-out players in the Champions League tie, providing good options in attack for the likes of Ramsey and Rosicky, where he had three great chances to score, although only capitalising on one opportunity early on.
He told Sky Sports: “It was nice to get the goal, I want to get more goals this season. Hopefully the boss will play me up front now. I could have had a couple more but the keeper made some spectacular saves.
“We’re going to find it difficult over there but we’re very happy with the result. That’s the most important thing.
“We’ve just got to carry on (after Fabregas). It’s time to move on. He was a great player for the club but he’s gone.
“We still have some very talented players in the squad here and we believe we can achieve something this year.
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“We’re in a great position but it’s far from over. We didn’t finish it off. But we dug in and gave absolutely everything. That’s two clean sheets in a row now, and we’re capable of winning over there.”
While I admire Walcott’s desire to play in a striker’s role, I can not see him at all displacing newly appointed club captain Robin van Persie, especially in a 4-3-3 formation. Perhaps if Arsenal switched to a 4-4-2 formation this option could definitely be more feasible with Van Persie playing a holding role, while Walcott could provide movement and forward runs for midfield to service with his pace and ability to lose his defender.
For now I think he is real threat on the wing, which will still provide him with great opportunities to score. He just needs to refine his decision-making in attacking situations and he will become a great player. What do you think? Could Walcott fill a striker’s role in a 4-3-3 of would the formation need changing for him to see his wish fulfilled?