Arsenal star Theo Walcott explained in the Daily Express what he feels Arsene Wenger’s decision to start him in the FA Cup final proved.
Walcott feels he’s got the faith of the Arsenal manager, as he looks to go about forcing his way into the first team on a more consistent basis next season.
“When you have Olivier Giroud who has performed very well in the season, it just showed the trust and the faith that he has in me - We ended the season very strongly with Arsenal and that gives me confidence - I am buzzing,” he said.
Walcott was used in a centre forward role for the club’s last Premier League game of the season and he backed up a hat-trick against West Brom with a good performance in the FA Cup final against Aston Villa.
He’s always had good attacking instincts and will be an option for Wenger as the boss mulls over who should start through the middle of the attack next season.
Walcott’s pace makes him a dangerous weapon for Arsenal, because he can exploit space in behind a defence.
It remains to be seen whether the club goes after someone like Karim Benzema of Real Madrid, which the Express has suggested is possible, but if he doesn’t, Walcott appears ready to make the most of the momentum he has created for himself.
The Daily Star has reported that Walcott is relaxed with regards to a new contract with Arsenal and Wenger’s show of faith could be the tipping point which persuades him to sign a new deal.