Arsenal forward Theo Walcott was a surprise starter in the Gunners’ FA Cup final clash against Aston Villa, but the England international proved his worth with the opening goal in a 4-0 win at Wembley, and a decent overall performance too.
Manager Arsene Wenger has used the ex-Southampton from the bench in 2015, which led to Walcott admitting frustration at a lack of playing time. But the 26-year-old made his point on the pitch. A hat-trick against West Brom in a rare Premier League capped a series of impressive performances from the bench, which twisted the manager’s arm to start him in the FA Cup final, and Wenger wasn’t let down.
Walcott was full of running, and scored a good opening goal to set Arsenal on their way at Wembley. He was given a good ovation from the supporters for an impressive 77 minutes on the pitch, and Wenger admitted his desire to retain his services for the long-term at Arsenal.
Injury problems have stalled the forward’s career in the last two years, but his impressive return has proven that it’s hardly hampered him. Walcott has been linked with Liverpool this summer, but why he’ consider an exit is beyond many. The Gunners do have a wealth of attacking talented at the club, but the England international has shown he’s now deservedly among them.