Arsene Wenger says that Theo Walcott can be a prolific goalscorer for Arsenal despite the fact he missed a number of chances against Stoke today.
Selected ahead of Olivier Giroud, Walcott got the opening goal but fluffed some very promising opportunities, however the Arsenal manager says this is something that the England international will improve on.
“He can be a prolific goalscorer,” said Wenger. “When you come out of the game and look at the amount of chances he scored. The bigger the belief he has to score the more he will score. But he gets in good situations.”
Speaking about why he selected Walcott up top for the second game in succession, he said, “To use the movement of Walcott. I know Stoke are a compact, organised team in their own half and Theo could find little pockets to get in their and maybe that you get two or three chances to counter attack at home so maybe you can use that.
“He scored a great goal because you needed technical quality to score and timing in the finish. It is good Giroud came on scored as well.”
And overall the Frenchman was happy with how his team performed.
“If I wanted to be critical I could say that that there is too big a difference between the number of chances we created and the number of goals we scored but that will come quickly once you win your games at home.
“I also believe we have stabilised out defensive record, we have not conceded after a difficult start we did not concede against Liverpool and at Newcastle and today so that is good for our future.”