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Arsenal really cannot rely upon Theo Walcott as a striker

Posted on July 16, 2016 by David Nugent

The striking situation is starting to look highly worrying at Arsenal.  Danny Welbeck has a long-term injury, Alexis Sanchez has come back from the Copa America with an injury and French international Olivier Giroud has been given a month off to recover following Euro 2016.

That leaves the Gunners with a major lack of strikers. It seems the team from north London may start the season with winger Theo Walcott up front, which let’s face it is not exactly a great solution.

Walcott is wildly inconsistent 

Theo Walcott is one of the most frustrating players to wear an Arsenal shirt in recent history. He is wildly inconsistent. One second he looks like a predator and the next more like a rabbit caught in the car headlights.

His searing pace should be a weapon for the Gunners, but it is often paired with an inability to finish or a lack of end product if he is crossing the ball. Walcott is talented, although he just does display that talent on a regular enough basis.

Walcott struggled to get anywhere near the Gunners starting eleven towards the end of the campaign. However being an Arsene Wenger favourite he has stayed, even though clubs were reportedly ready to part with good money to take the England international off the Gunners hands.

Gunners frustrated in striker search

It seems that Alexander Lacazette is going to become the Karim Benzema, in that he gets linked with a big money move to Arsenal and never quite makes the move. The Lyon striker is still being linked with a move to north London that will probably never happen.

It’s hard to get away from the fact that the Gunners have needed a new striker for years, yet Arsene Wenger has not been able to sign one, much to the frustration of Arsenal fans.

Many of those Arsenal fans bemoaning the fact that the Gunners were attempting to sign Jamie Vardy earlier this summer may well be revising their thoughts. If Walcott gets injured Arsenal may have to suffer the embarrassment of actually playing that legend Yaya Sanogo up front.

Nobody wants that, least of all the fans. At least Theo has managed to find the net for the goals in the past and maybe with a bit of confidence he can hit the ground running next season. If not then Arsenal fans could be left to lament the fact that Gunners did not strengthen their forward line, again!

Which striker should Arsenal target this summer?

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