The confusion over Theo Walcott’s playing position continues as Arsene Wenger insists he will use the Englishman as a striker.
Walcott began his career as a winger, but expressed his wish to make the transition to centre forward recently.
The 27-year-old has scored just 16 goals in 73 games over the past two seasons however, and said earlier this month that he wanted to be considered as a winger again.
But manager Wenger has contradicted the England international, insisting he will use Walcott as a striker this season.
“I believe he has all the ingredients to become a great striker,” said Wenger. “He has the quality of the runs, he is a very intelligent player and he’s a good finisher.
“He’s not a great defender, so I believe to use his runs in the final third could be very efficient.
“Scoring goals and playing there will give confidence and slowly convince him, maybe, he can be absolutely fantastic there.
“On the flank, today, you need to do so much defensive work that you lose a lot of his qualities. I don’t rule it out, but for me I will use him more up front.”