By Richard Clarke

While Theo Walcott's future may lie up front, Arsène Wenger still intends to use him on the right wing when the situation demands.

The 18-year-old played in both roles on Saturday in the FA Cup tie with Newcastle at Emirates Stadium. He began alongside striker Emmanuel Adebayor but, after Tomas Rosicky was forced off through injury, the Englishman reverted to his more established role on the flank.

He made a more telling contribution in that position than he has in recent matches further forwards. His manager accepts Walcott's transition is a work in progress.

"He looked more comfortable on the right," said Wenger afterwards. "In the future he will certainly be a central player. But at the moment with his back to goal, he does not look completely comfortable yet. 

"When we play on the counter-attack, he is very good though the middle. When we dominate the games, he is better on the flank still I feel."

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Richard Clarke 28 Jan 2008