Arsenal fans in the Transfer Tavern were gutted when Arsene Wenger failed to add a striker to his squad during the summer, leaving the North London giants with just Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott; as Danny Welbeck remains sidelined.
Punters were furious, pointing out they spent more money on peanuts at the bar than Wenger did on players in Deadline Day. However, Arsenal legend Alan Smith believes one-man has helped quell the disappointing window.
Smith, now a Sky Sports commentator, believes that Arsenal’s 5-2 victory showed Walcott was improving as a striker and he was the success story from the crucial win.
Walcott and Giroud provide notable differences, with the former providing pace and deft finishing ability whilst the Frenchman thrives in hold-up situations and aerial balls.
We pointed out these facts to our punters and they agree, as they’re glad to see the duo develop into their roles and believe they could actually lead to good things this season.
We’re remaining wary though, as Arsenal have a habit of having atrocious performances and we’re pretty sure a fan will rip the TV off the wall out of frustration at some point.
Arsenal fans, are you impressed with Walcott’s development as a striker this season? Let us know in the comments below!