Walcott, signed from Southampton six years ago, has told Wenger he wants to play in his favoured striking role after being deployed on the wing for most of his time at Arsenal. He certainly displayed his striker’s instinct for his crucial goal.
Wenger said: “Theo’s game is based on movement off the ball, timing and finishing. He can play wide, he can play central.
“Some say he does not have the build to play up front on his own but you could say that of Messi. It depends on who plays around you and on your individual qualities.”