Arsene Wenger has hinted that Theo Walcott could be the solution to a likely striker shortage in the New Year.
Arsenal currently only have Robin van Persie, Ju Young Park and Marouane Chamakh as recognised out-and-out strikers, but with the Moroccan and attacking midfielder Gervinho set to play for their respective countries in the African Cup of Nations in January Wenger will have few options up front.
Reflecting on the potential problem, as speculation mounts that he will have to dip into the transfer market, Wenger insisted that as things stand he is happy with his squad.
“At the moment I have a big squad and we need to keep them all fit and motivated,” confirmed the boss.
“I feel as well that you can count Gervinho and Walcott as strikers.
“Many times in press conference people ask me why we don’t play Walcott in the middle so he can play there if we need to do it.”
While Walcott will no doubt be buoyed by the suggestion he may finally get the chance to emulate his hero Thierry Henry, Arseblog News can’t help but worry that a full-blown striker crisis is just one crunching challenge on Van Persie away. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen…please God don’t let it happen.