Date: 19th January 2008 at 10:15am
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Arsene Wenger had conceded that Theo Walcott is a striker, and that playing him on the wing may have been a mistake.

Walcott’s form has been patchy at best, but with the weight of a nation on his shoulders, it’s easy to understand why.

Arsenal gaffer Arsene Wenger has consistently forced the little Englishman, yes that’s Englishman out-wide, when even the most myopic of gooners can see that the pacey frontman is better suited to a more forward role.

However, it seems Wenger has finally given in and Walcott (when he gets selected again) will play in his preferred role.

‘I tried to force him to play wide but I am now convinced he will be a central player. He played well in that role against Slavia Prague and he may play in very similar games in the centre.” Said Le Boss in the Sun.

Wenger also commented on Theo’s poor form, suggesting that Walcott was not quite the player the Arsenal boss wants him to be, though he had no fears whatsoever that the striker will make it at Arsenal.

“He will get where I expect him to be but, at the moment, he is not, there is always a risk when you step up a level but I still think the sooner you are at the top, top level the better it is.’

“He was troubled a little bit when I took him off last weekend.’

‘It can happen at that age and it`s part of the learning process. They have to deal with that.’

“The expectation level is very high because he is very young and he has been projected early into the spotlight.’

‘He feels the pressure. He wants to fulfil the ambitions and expectation level that people have for him. But I still believe he is strong enough and good enough to make it.’

“He plays on confidence and he has qualities that will come out.”