Arsenal winger Theo Walcott has revealed that he would like to be utilised as a striker again in the near future for club and country, according to Sky Sports.
Walcott joined the Gunners at 17 from Southampton as a forward but manager Arsene Wenger played him as a winger.
The 22-year-old now feels that he has the experience and ability required to return to his natural position and be a clinical goalscorer.
He said: “I’m not a natural winger; I was bought as a striker. If you are on the flanks you have to make the runs anyway. You can’t stay quiet on the wings and Arsenal are not the sort of team who will cross it anyway, we try and walk it into the net. I am not demanding anything. I will play anywhere for club and country. But hopefully if I keep on putting it out there with the manager, it will come. I would love it if it happens.”
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Wenger job not under threat.
Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has dismissed claims that Arsene Wenger’s job is under threat, describing the rumours as “absolute nonsense”, The Daily Mail reports.
Some fans of the north London club have been calling for Wenger to be sacked as his side have one point from their opening three Premier League games and sit eight points behind rivals Manchester United who recently defeated them 8-2
The 75-year-old chairman has given Wenger his full backing, insisting that the board are happy with his performance as Gunners boss and that the Frenchman himself is happy at the club.
Hill-Wood said: “It’s complete and utter rubbish and absolute nonsense. I think he is happy enough and we are happy enough.”
Capello Guners criticism.
England manager Fabio Capello has criticised Arsenal for their handling of Jack Wilshere’s injury, The Sun has revealed.
The 19-year-old midfielder is expected to be out of action for three months due to an ankle injury which means he will not play for the national team again this year.
Capello is surprised that Arsenal allowed the youngster to go on holiday following his injury instead of making him go for treatment.
He said: “I know he suffered the same injury two years ago. He then suffered this accident against Switzerland and afterwards he went on holiday. He started the season and was not fit — then yes, no, yes, no?
“Now they’ve found the problem. It’s not my job to say what happened but he suffered against Switzerland and then went on holiday for a month. I hope he will be fit in a really short time for Arsenal and for us, as he’s a really important player for both.”