After what seemed like a goal drought for the Arsenal; with the club going through a rough patch, picking just 2 out of the possible 9 points, onward came a messiah and alas! It was Theo Walcott.
The 26-year-old came back from a long lay-off to secure a point for the Gunners against Manchester United, which assured them of a top three finish in the League. He also scored a hat-trick against a stubborn Wes Brom side within 37 minutes of the first half. Seeing his game-goal ratio, one may be tempted to misjudge him as a striker. However, the English international can count the number of times he has played in that position despite his continuous plea.
An excited Wenger has assured the club fans that the right-winger will be deployed to the centre forward position come next season and also expressed his desire to see him extend his contract which is entering its final year.
He said: “Without his hat-trick or with his hat-trick, we want him to stay. We
are in negotiations and we have started to speak with his agent. We did that before he scored his hat-trick. Last time he got injured, he was playing centre forward in a very convincing game against Tottenham Hotspur in January. He got injured and was out for a year. On that day he was injured playing upfront.”
Hopefully, he will repay the faith the manager has in him coupled with the love the fans showered on him during his long term injury with a new contract.