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Walcott To Wing It To The Middle

Le Prof, shorn of the talented Dutch striker R-to-tha-V-to-tha-muthafunkin'-P, reckons he's ready to push Theo Walcott into the centre, and deploy the young Englishman as a striker, in the Robin's absence.

Speaking on Arsenal.com, Arsene said, speaking of both Theo and Eduardo,

At the start of the season Eduardo was very good then, later, he was injured a little bit and struggled to find his rhythm back. Now he looks sharp to me again.

Of course when you arrive from the Croatian League and you come to the English Premier League it`s quite a shock. It`s like driving on the motorway when you`ve been walking. But I feel he adapts well and with the right commitment he will get through that easy.

He is certainly intelligent enough to fit into the side, Walcott will too. Walcott will get a chance in this position because I feel now he is ready to play through the middle.

We are in October and Theo has already played a part. He made a big impact last time he came on and you know things change quickly. In football you have always to be ready, and it`s a good opportunity for him as well, not only for Eduardo. If he is strong, he will play.

Bendtner will [play] as well, but he is more in Adebayor`s position than someone to play with Adebayor.


So, as suspected, The Gaffer sees Niko as being on the same wavelength as Ade, and Theo and Eduardo being on the other. I guess you can't really classify anyone else in the Robin bracket, as he genuinely offers us something else that no other player in the side can. He has a magic all of his own.

Though RvP's loss is a big one, we have a talented frontline at our disposal, and his injury opens a door to one of the others, it is up to them to take advantage of it.

A lot of us have wanted to see Theo given a whirl up the middle, well, the noises coming from Arsene suggest he'll get a shot there. The youngster, sometimes prone to making the wrong decision and not being able to make his mark on games, has also shown he's got the ability to cut a defence to shreds, and shown himself adept as an impact sub at other times. Can he step up to being a striker capable of playing for 90 minutes and causing mayhem for an opposition backline? Let's hope so, it could be the making of Theo.

And that's before mentioning Eduardo, who I'm hoping will get a shout too, i can't wait him to open his league account, i feel once he nicks one, there'll be a glut waiting round the corner.




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Date:Friday October 19 2007

Time: 6:21PM

Your Comments

Losing RvP is a big blow but we have to trust the squad. The next couple of games should allow both Eduardo and Theo time on the pitch and the opportunity to show that they can do more than just plug a gap.
Amos.
Agreed with Eduardo, one goal will open the gates for lots more. hopefully.......
ArsenalRob
It would be good for Theo to open his account too. Wenger has said he is bringing him up to speed out wide but his long term plan was to move him into a central role, and it looks like that will happen soon, if not tomorrow. Either Eduardo or Theo would be good tomorrow, Wenger will probably go with Eduardo in the CL match, and I think he'll use Theo's speed against Liverpuds slowish defenders and poacher Eduardo against ManUre's sloppy defenders. Still, I'd like to see Bendtner get some meaningful games in before he has to step into Adebeyor's size 13s.
elbondo
Theo, Eduardo, Niko... can't wait to see how they all pan out. My heart says "let Theo score a brace against Bolton." Wouldn't it be nice?
darinb007
He can play theo, bendtner and eduardo against bolton, though theo would play in the midfield....give them all a chance, i don't think Bolton should be too tough.
AB_Arsenal
be interesting to see who actually gets the call up to replace rvp. arsene knows best.
supersof
i think theo upfront is a good idea, he has the pace to beat offisdes, bit like michael owen, which is probably why we never bought owen in the first place. the vision of wenger is genius, he always has a trick up his sleeve.
PUREGOLD
Theo looks ten times better upfront, he's much stronger making runs without the ball, than he is with it. His pace terrifies defenders, and his runs look intelligent. I think he looks a bit lost on the wing.
Little Dutch
i agree LD, he doesn't seem to know how to play on the wing and is more effective upfront, lets hope he gets his chance to shine today !
PUREGOLD
LD i agree! but he need to play in the wing so he can know how to go through defenders ! he can go away with pace but that might not work out against team with lots of player behind the ball! I have high hopes for him, he can be the best english player in few years (only, just only if the media leave him alone)
Gooner SA
 

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