Arsene Wenger may have just set the cat among the pigeons by saying that he still sees Theo Walcott as a striker.
Now, before we get all dramatic about this, the boss only confirmed that Arsenal were still in the market on Friday. Therefore, there’s no need to blow this quote, said in Arsenal’s pre-Manchester City press conference, out of proportion by claiming that we’re going to just have Theo and Olivier Giroud as strikers next season.
What is interesting, however, is that Theo only recently gave an interview in which he claimed he was happy to move back out onto the right wing. After blowing hot and cold (mostly cold) in front of goal, the forward appeared to have given up on the dream of being a striker and resigned himself to being a wide-man, which there’s no shame in doing at all.
Arsene Wenger says he still sees Theo Walcott as a striker, but that his confidence was knocked last season.
— Mattias Karén (@MattiasKaren) August 6, 2016
Therefore, the fact that Wenger’s saying he could still be a striker is a little odd as it gives the impression that they’re not actually communicating behind the scenes.
Will Theo Walcott start against Manchester City on Sunday? Probably. Oli’s not back in action until after Liverpool and we’ve not signed anyone yet so…