Vital Football

Latest Arsenal FC News

Wenger: Walcott Is NOT A Winger

Wenger: Walcott Is NOT A Winger

Arsene Wenger had conceded that Theo Walcott is a striker, and that playing him on the wing may have been a mistake.

Walcott's form has been patchy at best, but with the weight of a nation on his shoulders, it's easy to understand why.

Arsenal gaffer Arsene Wenger has consistently forced the little Englishman, yes that's Englishman out-wide, when even the most myopic of gooners can see that the pacey frontman is better suited to a more forward role.

However, it seems Wenger has finally given in and Walcott (when he gets selected again) will play in his preferred role.

'I tried to force him to play wide but I am now convinced he will be a central player. He played well in that role against Slavia Prague and he may play in very similar games in the centre." Said Le Boss in the Sun.

Wenger also commented on Theo's poor form, suggesting that Walcott was not quite the player the Arsenal boss wants him to be, though he had no fears whatsoever that the striker will make it at Arsenal.

"He will get where I expect him to be but, at the moment, he is not, there is always a risk when you step up a level but I still think the sooner you are at the top, top level the better it is.'

"He was troubled a little bit when I took him off last weekend.'

'It can happen at that age and it`s part of the learning process. They have to deal with that.'

"The expectation level is very high because he is very young and he has been projected early into the spotlight.'

'He feels the pressure. He wants to fulfil the ambitions and expectation level that people have for him. But I still believe he is strong enough and good enough to make it.'

"He plays on confidence and he has qualities that will come out."

Exclusive to Vital ! Read now ! The Vital Boxing John H Stracey Interview



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Join the Vital Fantasy Football League - its Free!

Writer:Rocky7
Date:Saturday January 19 2008
Time: 10:14AM

Comments

0
Wenger has no choice but to keep Walcott with no other Englishmen in the squad whatsoever. Wenger needs him, because if Walcott goes, Arsene will have nothing to stifle the press with. Pretty pathetic, actually.
RussianHammer
19/01/2008 10:21:00
0
I believe Justin Hoyte may be English.............
Scott Spur
19/01/2008 10:24:00
0
If your username is acurate I'm not sure what right you have to pour scorn on the situation?!?!
Rocky7
19/01/2008 10:25:00
0
RH - idiot that knows absolutely nothing about Arsenal football club or Arsene Wenger's methods.
AFC85Lew
19/01/2008 10:57:00
0
I'm sure the 1st time I saw Theo at Southampton he played on the left, I recall he came of the bench with 20min to go and set up a goal and scored one.
Topspur1
19/01/2008 11:02:00
0
I remember seeing him scoring a superb chip from the left wing, dunno whether he was playing there or not. It is plain to see that he isn't a winger though. Upfront his pace would terrify defences, he finds space pretty well and would crucify most centre backs in the PL. Also he often doesn't work hard enough tracking back when playing on the wing!!
Rocky7
19/01/2008 11:14:00
0
RH, what's pathetic is your contribution to this forum... Theo is a special case - he came to us a talented boy and is still a boy... not everyone matures at the same way/rate, so making comparisons to players like Cesc or others is innapropriate. The guy is 18 (for god's sake - 18) and it shows how impatient we are if we expect him to be a world-beater because he's been with us over a year. I admit its not easy to stop expecting miracles when he comes on as he has shown glimpses of magic, but thinking he will do it all the time is probably going to create frustration.
Andy-bayor
19/01/2008 11:26:00
0
Perhaps the worse thing that happened to him was Sven taking the lad to the 2006 World Cup, what was that all about?
merlin
19/01/2008 11:29:00
0
I think it is left wing, up front or nothing. He has played well on the left wing when I remember seeing him play there. He cuts in and passes rather than having to take players on and cross the ball.
Goofle
19/01/2008 11:31:00
0
I agree there Merlin, bad decision for the player and the team. He was thrust into the spotlight and it hasn't left him since. But everyone speaks so highly of him that you've got to believe he's good enough!! I still think he needs to wash the Thierry Henry out of his hair and shoot more often. He needs to realise that Adebayor, Eduardo or van Persie aren't going to chastise him for not passing!!
Rocky7
19/01/2008 11:36:00
Page 1/5
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4
  5. 5

Login to post a comment

Recent Arsenal Articles

Stats: Arsenal v Stoke City

All the stats from Arsenal (3) vs (1) Stoke City, Emirates Stadium, 10/12/16 Att: 59,964

Arsenal v Stoke - Team Sheets

Arsenal are at the Emirates Stadium with Stoke the visitors for the latest Premier League game.

Arsenal v Stoke - Follow Live On Twitter

Arsenal are at the Emirates Stadium with Stoke the visitors today, this will be a 3pm kick-off.

Arsenal Would Relish Real Madrid Tie

Wenger says Arsenal would relish a Champions League meeting with Real Madrid. If we're honest Benfica, Leverkusen, Porto or Sevilla would be preferred to Madrid or Bayern Munich.

Archived Vital Arsenal Articles

Vital Arsenal articles from

Site Journalists

Rocky7
Editor email
Profile
ClockEnd124
no email
Profile
Amos
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Stoke MotM
Suggested By:
Cech0%
Gabriel0%
Mustafi0%
Koscielny0%
Monreal0%
Xhaka0%
Coquelin0%
Walcott0%
Ozil0%
Oxlade-Chamberlain0%
Sanchez0%
Sub - Bellerin100%
Sub - Iwobi0%
Sub - Giroud0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Chelsea 14 11 1 2 34 21
2 Arsenal 14 9 4 1 31 19
3 Liverpool 14 9 3 2 30 17
4 Man City 14 9 3 2 30 15
5 Spurs 14 7 6 1 27 14
6 Man Utd 14 5 6 3 21 3
7 WBA 14 5 5 4 20 3
8 Everton 14 5 5 4 20 1
9 Stoke 14 5 4 5 19 -3
10 AFC Bournemouth 14 5 3 6 18 -3
11 Watford 14 5 3 6 18 -6
12 Southampton 14 4 5 5 17 -2
13 Middlesbrough 14 3 6 5 15 -2
14 Crystal Palace 14 4 2 8 14 -2
15 Burnley 14 4 2 8 14 -11
16 Leicester City 14 3 4 7 13 -7
17 West Ham 14 3 3 8 12 -14
18 Sunderland 14 3 2 9 11 -10
19 Hull City 14 3 2 9 11 -18
20 Swansea 14 2 3 9 9 -15
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Arsenal Results (view all)

Arsenal Fixtures (view all)

Dec 10 2016 3:00PM : Stoke City (H)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 13 2016 7:45PM : Everton (a)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 18 2016 4:00PM : Manchester City (a)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 26 2016 3:00PM : West Bromwich Albion (H)
Barclays Premier League
Jan 1 2017 4:00PM : Crystal Palace (H)
Barclays Premier League
Jan 3 2017 7:45PM : AFC Bournemouth (a)
Barclays Premier League

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Naijagunner4
The Vital Football Members League