Poll of the Day: Did Walcott's display against Reading prove he can play as a central striker?

The England international showed his efficiency in front of goal yet again on Monday night but has he done enough to command a regular starting berth in his preferred position?

Theo Walcott's fine display in Arsenal's emphatic 5-2 Premier League victory over Reading on Monday night provided yet another chapter in what has been an intriguing season so far for the forward, although the player himself might chose some rather different words to describe his campaign.

Despite having found the net 11 times so far this term - the most of any player at the club - the 23-year-old has often found himself looking on from the bench as the likes of Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and Gervinho have taken to the field in attack.

The England international has made no secret of his desire to emulate his hero Thierry Henry and make the move from winger to centre forward but not everyone is as sure as Walcott himself that the change of position would prove a success – with boss Arsene Wenger among those yet to be convinced.

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There can be little doubt that the former Southampton forward possesses the pace to help him thrive up front but significant question marks remain over his movement and first touch.

The more robust, aggressive approaches of the likes of Podolski and Giroud could well be seen to inject some much-needed physicality into Wenger’s frontline, while those two arguably provide more natural link-up play with the midfield.

And yet, with the club desperately in need of a good run of form, Walcott seems to be the only forward who can be depended on to deliver what matters most: goals.

With the player yet to put pen to paper on a new deal at the club - and with clubs from home and abroad reportedly circling as the January transfer window approaches - would it be sensible for Wenger to give in to his charge's demands and finally offer him a regular opportunity to follow in the foot steps of his hero?

Indeed, with the manager's future at the Emirates Stadium becoming the subject of increasing speculation, could Wenger really afford to lose yet another player to a rival club?


Is it time for Arsene Wenger to grant Theo Walcott a regular starting place as a central striker? Or do some of his team-mates remain better options in the position? Vote in our poll and have your say on our Facebook and Twitter pages.