With all of England’s striking options either out injured or just not good enough to deserve to play for their country, Theo Walcott will lead the line tomorrow night for the three lions. This shows that Theo has developed into one of the best striking options for our country. But is he good enough to play a central striking role for the gunners?
There has been much debate throughout the season amongst Arsenal fans whether Walcott is good enough to play in a central striking role for Arsenal, he was given his opportunity late last year and at the beginning of this one, he seemed to make the most of this opportunity, scoring against Reading and winning a penalty against Wigan, this was however to be the last of his opportunities this campaign. Whilst he did play well against these teams, they are both weak opposition, shown by their relegation, which didn’t convince le prof that he has the ability to play in that position regularly against better opposition. Wenger suggested that that was it for Walcott up front for Arsenal as Podolski was selected over him for the last 4 games of the season.
Last season however was Walcott’s finest season in goal scoring terms, he bagged 21 last term in all competitions, most of them coming from the wing which is very impressive and surely if he was given the opportunity to play up top he would grab even more goals.
Last season I would also like to have seen Walcott playing just off Giroud as a second striker, because the combination of Giroud’s flick ons and Walcott’s pace could have been deadly, and could be next year too, all depending on whether we bring in a new forward. Playing as a second striket could also help Theo as I don’t believe he has the strength or stature to be a lone striker in the premier league and the physical presence of Giroud up front could help him too.
So with Walcott playing up front tomorrow on the international stage could he, next season, be playing up top for the gunners?