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.