After years and years of Walcott saying he wants to be a striker he finally got to show what he could do.  This is not the first time Walcott has performed when playing up front with his most notable appearance was last year in the FA cup against Spurs.

Walcott has all the important attributes which would allow him to be the striker Arsenal have desired for the last few years. The essential attribute Walcott has is pace which Arsenal have missed over the last few years. It was clear to see yesterday that Arsenal looked much more of a threat with the pace in behind which was supported by the pace of Sanchez and Wilshere going forward.

However, it is not the only attribute which Walcott has because his finishing has also improved year on year. Since 2010 Walcott has scored crucial goals for Arsenal from the right but also up top in his most recent performances.  His goal to game ratio over the last five years are as follows 38 games 13 goals, 46 games 11 goals, 43 games 21 goals, 18 games 6 goals and 19 games 6 goals.

Although, these do not look impressive his last three years have shown real progress. During that 2012-13 season Walcott contributed with 21 goals which would have been closely matched the following two seasons if injuries had not been present.

However, the main weakness Walcott has is his aerial presence. If Walcott could improve this area of his game then maybe Walcott could be the answer up front for Arsenal. This is improving every time he gets a chance alongside his hold up play which is crucial within the system Arsenal play.

If yesterday taught us one thing it is that Arsenal need to get Walcott’s contract sorted out. Walcott showed us once again that his pace is needed in this Arsenal side and that he can get you goals. His future maybe up front or on the right side of attack but it is important Walcott gets his chance as Arsenal looked more dangerous on the attack and if he was to leave then there is one thing for sure he would strengthen Arsenal’s rivals.

If Walcott is not the answer to Arsenal striking problem then it showed that Arsenal need a striker in this mould. It is essential that the striker in this team has pace so Ӧzil can be exploited to his full potential. This is needed as Ӧzil has an excellent final ball and works better with a striker which can run in behind.



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0 #12 VanMok 2015-06-15 17:50
If playing Walcott as the first choice striker Wenger needs to make sure that he plays Ox,Sanchez,Ozil and Wilshere along side to give him the perfect balls forward in order to make him what he already believe he is.
With all the potential he have to offer to the team upfront, will benefit the team most definitely next season. All that's needed are a few defence players to back-up and strengthen the team.
-1 #11 willbe 2015-06-11 13:10
hey its not only about wal
+1 #10 div 2015-06-09 15:15
these so called arsenal fans and arsenal haters dont know anything!! bolasie? id rather shoot my face off... Benteke is a quality choice, young and has proven that he can handle the premier league!. Cavani? just another *** falcao in my eyes tbh! Walcott is a quality player but NO english player is World Class...excluding the likes of Gerrard and lamps (who were at one point world class) and john terry! when england have to bring in Fabian Delph and Tom Cleverly you realise how *** english players are! im English myself but its an embarrassment! Walcott is a good forward but would suit the like of playing off a player like aguero who he can run balls off we need multiple players as much as i want walcott to play up front he will never replace the likes of Henry or Bergkamp.
0 #9 edrin 2015-06-05 09:00
Bringing a super striker to arsenal is a must.The fact is walcot is not a striker but a brilliant winger.so let's not be blind folded by walcot's recent performance
+1 #8 hansbfld 2015-06-03 17:27
how much of an aerial threat is leo messi?
0 #7 pastor 2015-06-01 15:44
Please bring in the likes of Cavan, Benteke or Blause playing with Crystal Palace
0 #6 pastor 2015-06-01 15:41
For me I still doubt about Walcot being world class striker. You are compared him with whom? Benteke?or Austine? or Cavan? or Lazet? Walcot is the best winger not a striker.Prof Wenger should look for a striker. Neither Girourd nor Walcot are the correct striker for Arsenal
-4 #5 The Realist 2015-05-31 18:34
Walnut world class???

Hahahahahahahahahahaha

If he wasnt quick hed struggle at sunday league level!
-1 #4 Wabs Okmo 2015-05-30 15:24
Hello fans of Arsenal, i have a believe and trust in Walcot as having ability to make runs, take shots, and score. However, i don't think we can look at him as our number one striker. The most important to note is that he is more or physical than skilled, an this makes him prone to hush tackle hence failure to perform. This is the same with Welback and Sterling. There performance may only work out for us when playing in England not against teams of German, Spain, Italy.
They can all work well in more of physical games than skillful games. For this wenger needs not to bend his confidence on the present striking set, but think of one new skilled frame.
+2 #3 Victor 2015-05-29 08:42
Quoting Iain:
Ignores the fact that he cant hold the ball up or play with his back to goal as he lacks the strength /ability. Surely he is best cutting in from the right? Not lost on most of us that once again when playing for a contract he looks the nuts and then back to normal after its signed.

I think he is a good player and good for Arsenal but as for a main striker - not for me. It shouldnt matter though as the Arsenal front three drift and interchange so he should contribute a lot more like yesterday more often.


Clueless about your cluelessness. It's quite irritating finding so many derogatory comments on exceptional sportsmen and women from folk who wouldn't know the first thing about technique. The guy scored three goals in one game in the EPL showing grea5 ability and technique in the process! Surely, your opinion has to be inferior to the evidence. Show some respect. COYG. Big up Theo and keep improving, keep scoring and stay.
+5 #2 GG 2015-05-25 13:17
It would be interesting to see how an interchanging front three of Sanchez, Walcott and Welbeck would perform. The ideal time would be the summer friendlies, unfortunately Sanchez is on Copa-America duty.

Giroud has too many anonymous patches throughout the season. There's little value to the team if you get 10 goals in 15 matches and then zero in the next 10.

What we need is a striker who will bang in 15-20 goals in 15-20 matches or 10/15 goals and 10/15 assists - I doubt whether Giroud can provide that consistency. Walcott might but it would depend on other players around him (Sanchez, Welbeck, Ox, Ozil etc).

There is a mountain of media columns regarding Sterling to Arsenal for £40m. I would much rather see a bid of £30-£35m on Sturridge.
+5 #1 Iain 2015-05-25 12:25
Ignores the fact that he cant hold the ball up or play with his back to goal as he lacks the strength /ability. Surely he is best cutting in from the right? Not lost on most of us that once again when playing for a contract he looks the nuts and then back to normal after its signed.

I think he is a good player and good for Arsenal but as for a main striker - not for me. It shouldnt matter though as the Arsenal front three drift and interchange so he should contribute a lot more like yesterday more often.