Wenger believes Walcott is ready for central role

Theo Walcott put in an outstanding performance against West Brom, scoring a hat-trick in a resounding 4-1 win which saw the Gunners go 4-0 up at half-time.

Walcott got off to a ferocious start with a thunder strike within the first 5 minutes, giving him the much needed confidence to go on and take the following opportunities that came his way, leaving the manager with a selection headache for the Cup Final.

Arsene Wenger believes Walcott is now ready to play through the middle as the central striker he has always strived to be, and hopes that he will stay at Arsenal for a long time to come.

“I always said that he could play through the middle, because he has good movement, good finishing, and he did that well today.

“He is a good goal scorer, but he has been out for a year. A year in football is a long, long time, and it takes time to come back to your best, your sharpness, your confidence.

“He’s the right age. 26 years old is a good age for a football player. I wish that he stays free of injuries now. He has had a few downs on the injury front and you have to be consistently present to express your full potential. “

Having shown what he is capable of today, it now remains for Theo to prove himself on a consistent basis. Perhaps he will still be able to stake a strong claim for that much needed, world-class, clinical striker we have been searching for.

However, Wenger is yet to rule out signings in any positions this transfer window, and I’m sure no Arsenal fan would turn down the opportunity to bring in more talent of Sanchez and Ozil’s ilk this summer.

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