Arsenal lost Robin Van Persie last summer but Arsene Wenger decided to keep faith that Theo Walcott would sign an extension at the Emirates despite also entering the last year of his contract.
But Walcott has so far still failed to re-sign, and although the England international has announced that he wants Wenger to play him in the centre-forward position, Peter Hill-Wood has countered by saying that Arsenal won’t meet his wage demands.
The only way we will find out if Walcott is telling the truth will be if Wenger DOES make him centre-forward for a few games and see if he is a success.
he Frenchman now seems to think that it is a good idea. “I always said he will be striker,” Wenger said. “He’s a good finisher now. He knows where to be on the rebounds. That is the quality of a striker you can’t give to someone, they either have it or they don’t.”
“I want to keep him,” Wenger concluded. “I think aside from the contract talks, you have to give him credit for the way he is committed to the team, and for the way he behave.”
The only problem with this statement is that it sounds nearly exactly what Wenger said about Robin Van Persie last summer, and all the best Sportsbooks are saying that Walcott will be moving to Chelsea or Liverpool on a free transfer at the end of the season.
I can’t see him getting his wish to be a striker at either of those teams, so perhaps he really will stay at Arsenal?