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Theo Walcott coy on Arsenal future

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Theo Walcott was noncommittal when asked about his Arsenal future during the club’s FA Cup final parade on Sunday morning.

The Arsenal forward bagged the opening goal in the club’s 4-0 victory over Aston Villa at Wembley on Saturday evening, as the Gunners won the trophy for the second time in as many years.

Walcott was preferred to Olivier Giroud up front and justified the manager’s decision with the opening goal in the first half.

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Villa were well off the pace throughout, and Arsenal made the game safe with second half goals from Alexis Sanchez, Per Mertesacker and Giroud, who came off the bench late on.

Walcott’s future at Arsenal has been the subject of speculation for much of the season, with the England forward battling to regain his place in the starting eleven after time out injured.

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It’s been suggested that the former-Southampton player will look to move on for first-team football this summer with Liverpool and Chelsea reportedly keeping tabs, and when asked about his plans after the FA Cup final, Walcott said he was hopeful it would be resolved soon.

“I’m sure things will get resolved [over new contract],” Walcott said as reported by goal.com. "I just want to enjoy today.

“I’ve obviously got England coming up and then I’m sure we can think about that process. It’ll take time.

“I have the belief in this team, the manager does. Each player’s got the trust in each other now as well. This has got to be a stepping stone even more so now to challenge for the title. That’s the ultimate goal. That’s what everybody wants.”

That last sentence will be good news for Arsenal fans, as the England star is clearly thinking about a title challenge with the club next season - whether club and player can come together to agree on a new deal though, is another matter entirely.

What do you think Arsenal fans - should Wenger pull out all the stops to keep Walcott at the club?

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