Arsene Wenger: 'Theo Walcott's time up front will come'

Theo Walcott, John O'Shea
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Arsene Wenger reveals that he shares Theo Walcott's view that he will eventually end up as a striker, but not in the immediate future due to competition for places.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that although Theo Walcott has a future as a striker, he may have to wait for his chance.

Walcott scored twice for the Gunners in a in a 6-1 rout over Coventry City in the Capital One Cup with a pair of impressive strikes.

Wenger confirmed that he is desperate for Walcott to stay even if he cannot guarantee him a place in his preferred central position.

The Gunners boss said at the post-match press conference: "I am not against [him playing up front]. We will try, at the moment there is a big competition up front.

"He is a great finisher now. His time will come. "I want him to stay. I always said I wanted to sign him and extend his contract."

Walcott revealed earlier this week that he has yet to sign a new contract at the Emirates because he wants assurances that he will get a chance as a striker.

Theo Walcott, Santi Cazorla
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