Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger suggested Theo Walcott will secure a great goalscoring record over his career, in his pre-match press conference ahead of the FA Cup semi-final against Reading.
Walcott has struggled to force his way into the Arsenal starting line-up in recent weeks, but Wenger has suggested that he can be a key part of the club’s future.
“Walcott is getting better every week and will have a great goalscoring record in the future,” said the boss with a short and simple assessment of the player.
Walcott has a number of attributes, which suggest he should score plenty of goals for the club with his blistering pace the most obvious.
If he has a good pre-season than the fact he can play different positions across Arsenal’s attack suggests that he can become a first choice attacking player ahead of the 2015/2016.
The elephant in the room at the moment is discussions over his new contract, with his current deal set to expire at the end of next season, according to transfermarkt.
Sky Sports has just reported that the Gunners are set to open contract talks with Walcott in the next fortnight and if he commits his long term future to the club, there’s no reason he can’t weigh in heavily over the next few years if he’s given plenty of game time by Wenger.
It’s going to be difficult for him to force his way into a position where he’s first choice because there are some good options up front and in wide areas such as Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez, but if Wenger can find a way to get him firing, Arsenal can become even more dangerous than they already are.