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Arsene Wenger will play Theo Walcott in a striking role

Theo Walcott: Set to be given the chance to play in a striking role for Arsenal

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed that he is ready to grant Theo Walcott's wishes and play him in a striking role.

Walcott has admitted that he has yet to sign a new contract because wants assurances from Wenger that he will be used less as a winger and more as a striker.

The England international is out of contract at the end of the season and he could leave the Emirates on a free transfer next summer.

Wenger is now ready to give the 23-year-old the chance to prove he deserves a regular run of games starting up front.

Asked whether he will consider Walcott as a striker, Wenger said: "I did it with Henry and Van Persie and I think I will do it with Walcott.

"I have no set date in mind, but I will try it."

Asked about progress on contract talks, Wenger added: "No progress is good progress."