Wenger gives surprising hint about out of favor Walcott’s future
Since the start of the summer transfer window, Walcott had been linked with a move away from Arsenal this season. But he eventually stayed.
Theo Walcott has been struggling to break into Arsenal’s Premier League starting XI. But he has failed to do it so far. It seems that will change following his brace which he scored against BATE Borisov.
Arsenal squared off against BATE Borisov this past Thursday. Walcott made it to the starting XI along with Per Mertesacker, Olivier Giroud and Jack Wilshere. The match ended 4-2. Walcott scored a brace. Rob Holding also got his name on the score sheet. Giroud managed to score his 100th Arsenal goal thanks to the unselfishness of Walcott who gave him the penalty instead of taking it to complete his hat-trick.
And what can we say about Wilshere’s performance who totally bossed the midfield?
Arsene Wenger has praised Walcott’s qualities as an forward. The 28 year old Englishman impressed Arsene Wenger with his recent performances. Wenger has been singing his praises for quiet some time now.
When Wenger was asked whether Walcott would be making an appearance in the Premier League soon,
here’s what he said:
‘Yes. (But) the competition up front is hard.
‘I have Sanchez, I have Walcott. I have shown Theo I have confidence in him for a big game (at BATE). I have a different schedule for the players who have played the full 90 (on Thursday); I will rotate again on Sunday.
‘I don’t relate the selection to (Walcott’s post-Palace comments) at all. I have experienced many times statements after the games, so it is nothing to do with that. It is just I have many strikers of top quality.’
Wenger’s right. We have a lot of quality upfront. And when you have so many good players you can’t decide who to play and who to bench.
‘Lucas Perez I have given out on loan so that is why I have all these decisions to make on that front. It is important to give them enough games.’
Arsene didn’t stop there, he further praised Walcott’s qualities on the pitch.
‘He could have scored more (at BATE), but his strength is scoring goals. He can score goals: he is a good finisher and had two or three more chances. But as long as the team played very well, there were plenty of chances.
‘He has good quality in the timing of his runs and the quality of his runs. He goes into areas where he is dangerous.’
Wenger was right praising Walcott. He does have a future at Arsenal. And also that he can be dangerous. Let’s just hope he can replicate this form in the fixtures to come.