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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."

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


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.
19/01/2008 10:21:00
I believe Justin Hoyte may be English.............
Scott Spur
19/01/2008 10:24:00
If your username is acurate I'm not sure what right you have to pour scorn on the situation?!?!
19/01/2008 10:25:00
RH - idiot that knows absolutely nothing about Arsenal football club or Arsene Wenger's methods.
19/01/2008 10:57:00
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.
19/01/2008 11:02:00
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!!
19/01/2008 11:14:00
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.
19/01/2008 11:26:00
Perhaps the worse thing that happened to him was Sven taking the lad to the 2006 World Cup, what was that all about?
19/01/2008 11:29:00
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.
19/01/2008 11:31:00
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!!
19/01/2008 11:36:00
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