Theo Walcott is currently happy with the progress he’s making up front for Arsenal but admits that he needs to work on his hold up play.

The forward has so far scored twice and assisted once in eight appearances for Arsenal this season and only wants to continue to improve. The 26-year-old is enjoying his football at the moment and the amount of time he’s getting on the pitch is increasing after last year’s injury.

Speaking recently, Theo revealed how confident he’s feeling and how, with the backing of Arsene Wenger, he’s learning more and more about being a striker.

“The goals are coming, which is great,” he said. “I have always said to the manager that I can always play in a three-man forward line so it is a good option for him.

“At the moment he believes I can do it up front and the more I play up front, the more the players will see the runs I make and what I do on the pitch as well.

“I will be judged on the [number] of goals I score. You can play the best game in the world but if you don’t score it doesn’t mean anything. But I’m very confident I can do a job up front.”

Theo did however admit that there were aspects of his game that he wanted to improve upon further. One of which being his hold up play, which fellow striker Olivier Giroud is notoriously good at.

“Up front you need to do the different side of the game such as holding it up for your team-mates and trying to play people in,” Theo explained. “The players with a big build like Olivier Giroud do that tremendously well.

“It is something I will definitely learn and get better at but if I can create more space for other players to come into the game, that is important as well. There are loads of different scenarios that can happen up front so I can play in any one of those three.”

Although I’m still skeptical about Theo’s capability as a striker, there’s no doubt that he’s a talented player and if the chances are there for him, if he continues to work, he just might prove me wrong.

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