Walcott role ‘disrupting’ Arsenal – Redknapp

Date published: Thursday 24th September 2015 9:58

TTheo Walcott: On a scoring streak

Theo Walcott: On a scoring streak

Harry Redknapp says Arsenal playing Theo Walcott up front is “disrupting the shape of the team” and making it difficult to establish a style.

Walcott has been used as a central striker by Arsene Wenger this season, with the Gunners boss – who is without the injured Danny Welbeck – opting to alternate Walcott with Olivier Giroud. And the England man’s goalscoring form has been terrific with 11 goals in his last 12 Premier League starts – dating back to early 2014.

Walcott also scored twice for England against San Marino, albeit from a wide right position, but Redknapp says his role is causing Arsenal problems.

Redknapp said in his Evening Standard column: “Arsene Wenger has talked about rotating Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott as his main striker but that creates a big problem for Arsenal: what is your style of play?

“One is a big man who thrives on crosses and is strong in the air, while the other is all about pace who wants to run in behind. So every week you have got a different way of playing and that can only disrupt the shape of the team.

“It is a difficult one because you aren’t swapping Giroud with someone like Graziano Pelle at Southampton, both of whom like to hold the ball up and bring others into play. Walcott and Giroud are complete opposites and while that can be a strength because they offer a different kind of threat, the other players are going to struggle to find a consistent pattern to their play.

“I’d play Theo wide right. I’d find a place for him because pace is what teams fear most.”

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