Like most Arsenal fans, we at All Arsenal were crying out for another two signings this summer, one of those being a top class striker. We didn’t get what we wanted, but Theo Walcott is trying his best to prove we already have what we need at the club.
The 26-year-old has always maintained that he wants to play up front, but he’s had mixed success when given a chance. He is really starting to grow into the role though, and had arguably his best game up front this past Sunday against Manchester United.
He didn’t get himself on the scoresheet, but that’s what makes his performance so exciting and promising. Walcott has always had a good goals to games ratio, and his fine goalscoring form at the tail end of last season showed he could score when put up front. It’s other areas of his game that have been called into question though, like his holdup play, movement, and decision making.
He showed top quality in all areas against United though, making superb off the ball runs, picking the right pass at the right time, and holding the ball up when necessary.
Olivier Giroud is certainly going to have to get used to a place on the bench, as Walcott is looking like a top quality forward.
We have looked back to our fluid best with Walcott in the side, and his pace alone scares our opposition witless. The more he plays up front the better he’s going to get, and better for Walcott is better for Arsenal.
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Hopefully he continues to improve in the role at the rate he has been, and helps guide us to Premier League glory this season. He’s been waiting for his chance up front for a long time, and is looking to grab it with both hands.