Arsene Wenger has reiterated his desire to keep Theo Walcott at the club, confirming that contract talks are already ongoing following our final game of the Premier League season, as reported by BT Sport.
Walcott was handed a chance up front against West Bromwich Albion, and he grabbed it with both hands – and then some. The pacy forward secured the win for us at the Emirates, with his first half hat-trick along with Jack Wilshere’s screamer giving us a 4-0 lead at the break.
Wenger insists that even before today’s performance, he was still keen to keep Walcott at the club. He has once again demanded patience on the England international’s behalf, but believes he will one day be a top striker.
“Without a hat-trick, with a hat-trick, we want him to stay. We are in negotiations. We are starting to speak with his agent, and that is before he had made his hat-trick,” Wenger said.
“Theo is a good scorer, but he has been out for a year. A year in a football is a long, long time, and it takes time to be back at your best, (to regain) your sharpness and confidence.
“I have always said that he can play in the middle because he has good movement and good finishing. He did that well today.
“I hope he stays free of injuries now, he has had a few doubts on the injury front, and that is never good.
“You have to be consistently present to express your full potential.”
Hopefully the 26-year-old can remain injury free for a while now, as there is potentially far more to come from him. He was superb today, and that is the kind of performance he is capable of producing.
Wenger will have some decisions to make over his FA Cup final matchday squad, and it seems Walcott will have some decisions of his own to make.