Report: Arsene Wenger makes Theo Walcott summer priority

Theo Walcott 2-0 Gesture v Tottenham

Arsene Wenger wants Theo Walcott to stay at Arsenal.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has made renewing Theo Walcott's contract his number one priority this summer, report The Mirror.

Walcott scored the opening goal in Saturday's FA Cup Final, to set Arsenal on their way to a 4-0 win over Aston Villa.

He was selected up front instead of Olivier Giroud, who himself ended an eight-game goal drought by scoring as a substitute.

Walcott had earned his start thanks to a final game of the season hat-trick against West Brom, after a previous struggle to break back into the team after his serious knee injury suffered in January 2014.

The paper report: "One of the first deals Wenger does hope to clinch is a new contract for Wembley hero Theo Walcott."

It adds that talks are to take place this week and Arsenal are confident Walcott will accept their offer.

The forward has only one-year remaining on his contract. Premier League rivals Liverpool have been linked with interest in the England international, with SkySports recently discussing a potential swap deal with wantaway winger Raheem Sterling.

Liverpool currently look a far less stable proposition than Arsenal, and have no Champions League football on offer.

Walcott has spent almost a decade at the Gunners, and after experiencing and playing a key part in the high of winning the FA Cup and ensuing celebrations, it would be a surprise if he suddenly signalled his intent to move on.

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