Matt Holland: Theo Walcott has made this mistake in his Arsenal career
Matt Holland asks whether Theo Walcott has lived up to expectations at Arsenal
Theo Walcott has been pining to play in the wrong position throughout his Arsenal career, according to Matt Holland.
The Gunners striker scored twice in Arsenal’s impressive 4-0 victory over Hull City in their FA Cup fifth-round replay at KC Stadium on Tuesday night.
I like him as a player but there are too many games that hes on the periphery of
Walcott has been in and out of Arsene Wenger’s first-team when fit in the 2015/16 season so far, mirroring his Arsenal career.
The England striker has previously spoken of his desire to play in a centre-forward role, although Walcott has struggled to permanently dislodge Olivier Giroud.
Former Ipswich Town and Republic of Ireland midfielder Holland claimed that Walcott should have focused on becoming a top-class winger as opposed to a centre-forward.
“Has Theo lived up to expectations in his Arsenal career?” Holland told Marathon Bet.
“Well to be fair to him he’s been hampered by injuries but I think he’s got it wrong wanting to play up front. He’s a better a better wide player in my eyes and I think he’s not sure of the centre forward role really. When he’s out wide is can he make the run across in behind.
“It’s more natural coming wide for him than it is up front. I know he wants to play there but I don’t think its his best position watching him play. I like him as a player but there are too many games that hes on the periphery of.”
Walcott has scored 84 times in 334 games in all competitions for the north London side during a 10-year career at The Emirates.
The 26-year-old move to Arsenal in a £12m deal from Southampton in 2006.