Arsenal winger Walcott trying to convince Wenger about striker chance

Arsenal winger Theo Walcott wants the chance to play as an out-and-out striker.

Walcott is confident he has the skill, pace and firepower to do for Arsenal what the Lionel Messi does for Barcelona, playing as a striker rather than as a winger.

The magical Messi, who also started life playing wide on the wing, scored a staggering 55 goals in all competitions for Barcelona last season and has continued in a similar vein this term.

Now Walcott is hoping to get the chance to show that he can make an equally dramatic transition and show what he can do as a leading striker.

Walcott delivered his plea for a career-changing positional change in a heart-to-heart with manager Arsene Wenger.

He said: “I believe I can give so much more to the team playing up front, with the runs I can make off the ball. And I just love hitting the back of the net as well.

“At times I feel a bit, if not wasted, then in and out of games on the right. I just want it more and more, having scored a few last season. I’m not a winger and I think plenty of people know that.

“I’ve done OK out there, but I’d love to play down the middle."

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