By Richard Clarke
 
Although Arsène Wenger indicated that Eduardo would cover the absent Robin van Persie against Bolton on Saturday, in future games he may turn to Theo Walcott.

Ever since he signed from Southampton in January 2006, the Arsenal manager has haboured the ambition of turning the winger into a striker. A little like he did with a certain Thierry Henry in 1999.

Wenger admitted that Eduardo needed to strengthen himself - mentally as much as physically - to fill the void left by the in-form Dutchman. But he suggested the England Under-21 international had already made sufficient progress to step in if required.

"At the start of the season Eduardo was very good," he said at Friday's press conference. "Then, later, he was injured a little bit and struggled to find his rhythm back. Now he looks sharp to me again.

"Of course when you arrive from the Croatian League and you come to the English Premier League it's quite a shock. It's like driving on the motorway when you've been walking. But I feel he adapts well and with the right commitment he will get through that easy. 

"He is certainly intelligent enough to fit into the side, Walcott will too. Walcott will get a chance in this position because I feel now he is ready to play through the middle.

"We are in October and Theo has already played a part. He made a big impact last time he came on and you know things change quickly. In football you have always to be ready, and it's a good opportunity for him as well, not only for Eduardo. If he is strong, he will play.

"Bendtner will [play] as well, but he is more in Adebayor's position than someone to play with Adebayor."

Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source Richard Clarke 19 Oct 2007