The former Arsenal and France striker Thierry Henry suggested recently that his fellow countryman Olivier Giroud was not quite up to the job of spearheading the Gunners as we try to get back to the very top of English football, as we were when Monsieur Henry was tearing up EPL defences with his pace and finishing power.
And although Arsene Wenger reacted to this by suggesting that his former star player was wrong about the current first choice centre forward, it seems as though the boss may be in agreement with Henry after all, because he is planning to have a serious rival to Giroud in the Arsenal team next season and that player is Theo Walcott.
With Henry´s shirt number and pace, Walcott could be set to play in the same position as our record goal scorer if the manager gets his way, assuming that the recent words of the Frenchman reported by The Mirror are not just intended to keep Theo sweet that is.
Wenger said, “It’s not too late for him. I think his position will be as a striker. I have worked with him in both situations, as a striker and as a wide player.
“The quality of his runs is so fantastic with the pace he has, and he is a good finisher now.
“When he was younger, he rushed in front of goal but he has improved now.
“He can be transformed. He is naturally gifted and can play in this position. Olivier Giroud has different qualities: he can head a ball and he plays with his back to goal. Theo is a runner who is capable of going in behind.”
The success in transforming Henry from a winger to a striker is arguably the best thing Wenger has done at Arsenal, and he did it again with Robin van Persie, but will he be able to do the same thing with Theo? As Wenger says, the 26-year old England international has plenty of years left and a couple of seasons ago he proved that his finishing had improved a lot, but has he really got what it takes to lead the line for Arsenal?