Walcott: Why I’ve stopped playing there

Theo Walcott has revealed what was talked about in an important conversation between him and Arsene Wenger during the summer.

The 27-year-old has been in much better form so far this season after a below-par campaign which contributed to Arsenal’s failure to pip Leicester City to the Premier League title last term.

Walcott has gone from a much-maligned figure to a key name on the Gunners’ team-sheet after registering nine goals and two assists in all competitions which have helped Arsenal remain on course for silverware this season.

One notable difference is the fact that the Englishman has been deployed mainly as a winger instead of the centre-forward he once aspired to be.

According to Walcott, he informed Wenger that he had changed his mind and wanted to return to the flanks for the new season.

“At the start of the season, me and the manager sat down and I told him where I wanted to play so I don’t even have to think about anything else,” he told the club’s official website.

“Obviously I have that experience in the central position and if I find myself there, hopefully I’ll be able to tuck away the goals.

“I’m still working hard in training, the mental side of it, the gym and everything while making sure I have time at home as well. Everything seems to be clicking.

“I just want to make sure I am the best I can be every day going into training. If I can stay fit, hopefully it should be a good season not just for me but for everyone else.”

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