Arsene Wenger has told Theo Walcott that he must be patient and wait for his opportunity to become a striker. The 23 year old has been vocal in his demands to be moved from the wing and rejected a new five year contract from Arsenal last month, partly because he wanted assurances about a positional switch.
Walcott started on the wing last night and scored twice in Arsenal’s 6-1 demolition of Coventry in the Capital One Cup. It was Walcott’s first start since the opening day of the season and afterwards, Wenger advised the star to bide his time but hinted that his chance will come.
“His time will come for that and at the moment we have to be a bit patient. He is a great finisher now, in front of goal he is really absolutely amazing.”
Wenger has seen so many of the young stars he has nutured leave Arsenal in big money deals over the last couple of years and he told reporters that he does not want Walcott to be added to that list and would love to keep him at the Emirates.
“We want him to stay, I always said exactly the same. We are all professional and I always said that lets hope we can extend his deal and that is part of every professional situation,” he added.
He also revealed that he regularly speaks to Walcott about the contract issue and has been in contact with the midfielder’s agent in a bid to iron out the positional issue and persuade Walcott that his future lies with Arsenal. The former Southampton starlet is in the final year of his current contract and pressure is mounting.
Earlier in the week Walcott reiterated his desire to move up front publically but Wenger said last night that it depended on the competition for starting places between Arsenal’s strikers. New signing Olivier Giroud scored his first goal for the club since he moved from Montpellier and the much maligned Andriy Arshavin chipped in with a goal.
Wenger added: “I’m not against it, I’m not against it at all but we try and at the moment there is big competition up front, we have a different formula and the team is doing well.”