Walcott hints at change of role in new formation

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When Arsenal switched to a back three towards the end of last season, Theo Walcott was one of the major casualties.

Having played most of the season as a right-sided attacker, he found that position no longer existed as the Gunners used wing-backs to provide the width. He also found himself behind Danny Welbeck and Olivier Giroud for the centre-forward position, and thus spent a lot of time on the bench.

He started just one game after the formation change, and questions have been raised over his future given that he seems incompatible with the new system.

However, he has hinted that he’s had discussions with Arsene Wenger about where he might fit, and that his role may change in the new season.

“I’ve spoken to the manager,” he told the Mirror.

“Maybe I will change my role in this formation slightly, we’ll see how it goes, if it works. I can’t really say what the role is.

“I’m 28 now. I’ve dealt with competition down the years. I always welcome it, it gets something out of you as well, other players become involved.

“You will see Alexandre coming in and other centre-forwards in the dressing room will be thinking, ‘Right, I need to step up.’ That’s always the way it is.

“England is something I’m not focused on. If I’m playing and working hard for Arsenal, that will come. My main priority is Arsenal.”

Weekend reports suggested that the winger is a £30m target for big-spending Everton, but until something concrete emerges we can dismiss that as pretty spurious for now.

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