Theo Walcott admits he’s waiting for the day that he is paired in attack with Robin van Persie, but accepts that it would be wrong to experiment at the current time given the club’s solid form.
The England international has repeatedly spoken about his desire to play as a central striker, but despite being pencilled in as a possible heir to childhood hero Thierry Henry he has rarely been handed the responsibility.
Assisting Van Persie from his position on the wing, Walcott also spoke of his flourishing on pitch relationship with the Dutchman making clear that regular playing time has made all the difference.
“We’ve never really had a proper run together before now,” he told the Arsenal official matchday programme ahead of yesterday’s draw with Fulham.
“we’ve both been very unlucky with injuries. We’ve always had that chemistry in training and now we’re bringing it into the games. We seem to know where each other is and it comes naturally to us.
“One day I’d like to play up front with him, but at the moment I can’t see any reason to change a thing.”
Paying homage to Van Persie’s fine scoring run in 2011, Walcott continued:
“He’s just in the right places, but it’s his movement as well – if he didn’t have that, pulling off defenders like he did against Dortmund, he wouldn’t be scoring as many.
“Many strikers wouldn’t expect the ball to drop there – but it just comes naturally to Robin.
“I can put the ball into space and I know he’ll arrive, sometimes I don’t even have to look.
“It’s all about gambling, and Robin does that well – look at our first goal against Norwich, when Gervinho just missed the ball but Robin was there, on his toes, expecting the ball.”
Obviously inspired by the 28-year-old Dutch forward, Walcott also touched on Van Persie’s all-round contribution to the team.
“He’s an absolute dream to play with – there’s not one striker in the world better than him. And it’s not just the goals, it’s everything else he brings to the team.
“He likes to get other players involved and is a very good captain on top of that. When you’re enjoying your football as much as he is, everything seems to flow for you.”