Walcott still has Arsenal future insists Wenger

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Arsene Wenger says that Theo Walcott does have a future at the club, despite his lack of involvement in recent weeks and months.

The 28 year old has not made the squad for the last couple of games, although that absence was explained by the fact he’s carrying a ‘small’ groin strain, and the manager was keeping the door open for him.

“Yes, of course,” said Wenger when asked if he thought Walcott’s future lay at the Emirates, before admitting he’d been a victim of the formation change which saw Arsenal go to a three at the back formation.

“He would have been in the squad at West Ham, but will not be available tomorrow as well.

“It’s not a bad one, he has a little chance to be available against West Ham [on Tuesday in the Carabao Cup].”

Despite scoring 19 goals last season, Walcott was basically marginalised after the shift to the back three, something the manager acknowledged.

“It takes one player out of midfield and up front, and there’s a lot of competition up front.

“It’s true that when we played with three at the back somebody in the middle or up front has moved out.

“There’s one less position available.”

It will be interesting to see if a return to the back four sees Walcott given more playing time.

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Ya+Da
Ya+Da

“Oh yay!!!” – says no one. Bin him off please

andris priim
andris priim

no he doesn’t…

IamaGoober

Yeah we should look to move Walcott on. Its now mid December and has he even featured in a Premier League game? Off the top of my head I genuinely cant remember him starting a single game.

The amount of money he is sucking up on the payroll is mind blowing when you consider Maintland-Niles has played more first team minutes in one game, than Walcott has in the league all season.

And I think that speaks volumes.

We are literally paying £140K a week for a guy to sit on the bench and occasionally play in the Europa League and Carabao Cup.

clins
clins

come to think of it, wenger is simply spoiling walcot. he keeps saying walcot is important then never plays him, not that walcot is any good. But still if you are not playing him then might as well sell him the fuk off . Instead we keep playing him 140 euros to embarass himself every time he plays . We really will gain more playing some teenagers like nketia , willock etc. And walcot needs to man up and leave if he still have some dignity left

VjRaghav11
VjRaghav11

We will need Theo.

ronaldo
ronaldo

what for, to empty the bins

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

To score 19 goals.

CLOCKENdRIDER
CLOCKENdRIDER

He will make an excellent training ground dummy. Alternatively I’m sure he can run really fast to the local caff to get the bacon sarnies in.

ronaldo
ronaldo

of course he does, he,s a shit player, and we know how much you like shit players

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

I like shit players who score 19 goals.

CLOCKENdRIDER
CLOCKENdRIDER

I think you’ll find it was the fact that after 12 years of playing with remarkable forwards like Henry, Bergkamp, Ozil and Sanchez he still has no idea where to position hinself on the pitch in order not to be rendered invisible to the man on the ball which has led to his being left out.

Lord Bendnter
Lord Bendnter

The word ‘small’ should be in double quotations, no wait, tripple quotations “””small”””

John C
John C

There’s not a lot of competition up front, there’s Sanchez and Ozil who are out on there own, then there’s Lacazette, then Giroud and quite some way behind we have Welbeck, Walcott and Iwobi.

I’d play Walcott before Iwobi any day of the week because he scores goals

Mpls
Mpls

‘pends on the match for me, but I’ll tell you that even though I like Danny, I’d play either of them ahead of him right now. He’s just not effective. With the wingback formation the defending difference just isn’t big enough to warrant a guy who doesn’t score goals, sad to say.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

I would put lacazette ahead of sanchez recently tbh

caligunner
caligunner

I agree. I wouldn’t move him in Jan for the sake of it. I would wait till the summer. Iwobi can’t score or create enough. Even with Theo faults in the back 4 if we stick to that formation we know he can be good occasionally starting but definitely coming off the bench in certain situations.

Big Cheese
Big Cheese

Problem is, Walcott doesn’t have a lot of skills with a ball at his feet. His talent is pace and finishing, not passing and playing off other teammates. If he could dribble and pass with more effectiveness he’d be playing way more often. But he can’t and that’s why Wenger keeps on giving Iwobi chances up front. I like Walcott and I’d like to see him play more (bringing him in against Liverpool so late was a waste, he should have come on in the 70th minute) but I don’t think it’s going to happen. He deserves a chance though and hasn’t been given one yet this season. I’d like to see him start against Crystal Palace.

Tyler
Tyler

Why do we consistently hang on to average players? Nelson could be getting minutes in his favored position if Walcott was sold.

Red-Wing
Red-Wing

For me the question is not Theo or not, but rather Theo (including his wages) or some else (either a replacement/upgrade a la Lemar, Draxler, or one of our young players a la Nelson, Maitland-Niles).

VjRaghav11
VjRaghav11

We are involved in 4 diff competitions at the moment. We have to rotate and keep everyone fresh. If 3-4-3 was the only formation left then Theo should retire but it is not. The manager will revert to back 4 at some stage and we can use him. You forget he scored 10 goals in PL last season and paid the price for his comments after Crystal Palace . Then the team had a good run with the cup win. But it wasn’t enough to secure top 4. He may leave at the end of the season.

Santori
Santori

He remains one of our few pace options out wide.

With the back 4, the full backs are not as high up as when we play back 3 with wing backs.

By the time they push up, often the other side is already entrenched in two lines of 5.

Neither Ozil nor Alexis tend to go wide(the later use to but is more a custom now in pinching in field)

Add Iwobi and jack to the mix, both central type players and its easy to see how a mediocre defense like West Ham were able to funnel us in to good effect.

Walcott as a weapon needs a bit of space to render most effective.

It will mean finding him as quickly and efficiently from the back as soon as the ball is turnover to our favour.

That means Granit needs to be given the ball quickly to provide the service.

I know there is all this theory that Lacazette adds mobility but truthfully Giroud is very good as a foil to smaller more mobile players in bring able to hold a long pass better than Lacazette and distribute into the quicker more nimble assets following up.

When Giroud came on for exactly one half in lieu of Lacazette against Huddersfield, there was no slowing down to the pace of our game so I am not sure how this theory that Giroud slows our game down came about.

Santori
Santori

I think Walcott in last 20 minutes of a game if we don’t find the breakthrough will be devastating to tired legs.

But we need to pick our moments better and maximise them.

If we win the ball in defense of even when defending set pieces, we must use that as an advantage and an opportunity. We must work like a coiled spring.

If we (Granit) can find Walcott quickly when we turn the ball over, he can absolutely rip the other side before they can organise.

Given his current form in front of goal, he is a weapon worth using but it will likely be at expe we of either Alexis or Ozil…I feel more likely at moment the former

Laughing Stock
Laughing Stock

I think we should give Theo a nice big pay rise and a 5 year contract because he’s such a bloody nice bloke!

caligunner
caligunner

Without thinking about the salary he is getting paid he is valuable rotational player in a formation that uses the back 4. His ability to score is a valuable asset on a club that doesn’t have many players that can in the first place. I wouldn’t want him to be a regular starter but as a guy coming off the bench in the last 20-30 min against a team chasing a goal he would be great on the counter with his pace and ability to score.

The reality is that he gets paid to much to be a specialist in that manner. I like Theo but its time for him to go in the summer because of his salary.

The thing that really puzzles me is that he had no place in the club with the back 3 last season when AW switched late in the season. Knowing that he was going to use the back 3 why didn’t he try to transfer him out this past summer? Even if the excuse was for depth purposes you can find less costly players for depth purposes who fit the back 3 formation better.

Stillmatic
Stillmatic

Make him our Ji-Young Song.
Only play him against the big teams that attack us and make space.

For other games, he doesn’t provide much.

HeavyPetr
HeavyPetr

I still don’t know why we can never see Laca+Giroud at the same time. I think a classic 4-4-2 would work a treat for us.

Bellerin Mustafi Kos Nacho
Iwobi Ramsey Xhaka Ozil
Giroud Laca

In possession it would be a 4-2-2-2 with Ozil and Iwobi both pushing up and inside. The width would come from the fullbacks getting forward. Xhaka sitting deep, Ramsey going box to box. And then Laca and Giroud linking up further forward with Laca running the channels. These are the kind of ideas we shoudl be trying against teams we can’t break down. I think Giroud would do so well with a strike partner.

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

Lately we can’t buy a goal and yet people on here are claiming we have no need for our second highest goalscorer last season? Wow