Arsenal boss Arsene wenger has defined the best roles suited to Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey as well as befuddled England forward Theo Walcott.
Walcott, who moved to the Emirates Stadium 10 years ago from Southampton, recently turned down the chance to be deployed in the striker’s position for Arsenal after failing to impress there against Manchester United last season.
However, Wenger still believes the best role for the 27-year-old is the attacking focal point because of his incredible ‘pace’ while Ramsey is best suited to the central midfield role based on his versatility.
On Walcott, Wenger said: “It was a big shock for Theo not to go to the Euros. Maybe he felt in some games he didn’t [do well]… especially in one game there was a question for Theo Walcott and that was the game at Man United where everyone questioned him in this position.
“I think on the day he didn’t perform well, it was not only Theo Walcott who didn’t have a great game, it was everybody. From then on, people became sceptical.
“I believe that he has all the ingredients to be a great striker, because of the quality of his runs. He is an intelligent player, a good finisher.
“He is not a great defender so I believe that to use his runs in the final third for us could be very efficient. After that, I think scoring goals playing there, giving him confidence to play there, will slowly convince him maybe that he can be absolutely fantastic there.
“On the flank, today there is much defensive work asked from the players that you lose a lot of his qualities when you put him there. For me in my head I will use him more up front.”
Meanwhile, on Ramsey, Wenger said: It’s true [Arsenal have many midfielders]. I have played him wide sometimes because I feel like he can balance the team well.
“Of course he wants to play centrally, he wants to play behind the striker. What is the most important thing when you put players in positions is that you have to consider their psychological and physical profiles.
“Aaron’s psychological profile means that he always wants the ball and always wants to be available, so that’s in the heart of the game.
“If you consider his physiological profile, he can absorb all the positions. He is certainly most suited to central midfield because he’s a box-to-box player.
“I think he likes to come from deep and make runs going forward, so I would think that at the start he would like to play from a deeper position in midfield. That’s more suited to him and therefore that gives him a tactical responsibility for us that he may not have for Wales.”