Walcott up front about striking role

Arsenal striker Theo Walcott stakes his claim for a starting berth in attack

Dallan O' Donnell
Published 01/31/2013 19:15 by Dallan O' Donnell.

Theo Walcott has continued to make a case to play as the lead striker at Arsenal, following an impressive performance during the 2-2 draw with Liverpool last night.

Walcott, who netted for the fourth game in succession, scored the crucial equaliser for Arsenal as they came from 2-0 down to draw with Liverpool.

That strike was Walcott's 18th goal in all competitions this season, with 11 of those coming in the Premier League.

Walcott's admission that he wants a central striking role almost led to the England international leaving Arsenal, but the 23-year-old speedster eventually signed a new long-term contract, with Wenger seemingly giving Walcott the assurances he needed that he is to feature through the middle.

With his goalscoring exploits this season, Walcott believes he has proven his ability to play up front.

Speaking after last night's game, Walcott said: "You must play to your strengths and if you are against slow centre-backs, play me!

"I think the manager knows what’s best for the team, I do as well. Arsene Wenger has shown that faith in me and given me the chance to play up front recently.

"Hopefully I've shown him something Arsenal haven't had in recent years. In the long term I want to be a striker but it won't happen overnight."

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