Theo Walcott has scored 18 goals this season in all competitions. However, he hasn’t found the net since 30th January against Liverpool.
One of the highlighting features of Arsenal’s season off the pitch is Walcott’s contract negotiations that lingered for so long. The winger wanted a better pay package (which he got) and wished to play as a central striker (still plays on the wing) before signing the deal.
Walcott, when deployed as a striker was getting goals frequently as he used his pace to good effects. But Wenger doesn’t fancy him as a striker and he continuously deploys him on the wings, as a result of which it has hampered his overall contribution to the side.
He has made 142 crosses this season out of which 21 are accurate, a 15% accuracy. He has managed to set up goals six times from open play and created 17 chances (non assists) from open plays.
He has scored 11 league goals this season but has taken only 49 shots on target. His shooting accuracy is 57% while chance conversion rate is 22%. He has scored five goals through clear-cut chances (42%) and missed seven from the same.
He is not a traditional winger and Arsenal are not harnessing the best out of him by playing him on the wings. His creativity stats are not impressive enough as compared to goal scoring stats. Should Wenger consider him as a striker more often?
Stat courtesy: Epl Index