Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey expects teammate Theo Walcott to stay at the club this summer despite interest from Premier League rivals Liverpool and Manchester City.
As reported by the London Evening Standard, Ramsey, who starred alongside Walcott in this past weekend's FA Cup final, has insisted that he expects the player's future to be sorted out, as the club go in search of improvement ahead of the 2015/16 campaign.
Walcott, of course, is set to run out of contract at the Emirates at the end of next season, and after a tricky spell in north London, it's not entirely surprising that he has been linked with a move away from the club of late.
Before the final week of the season, the England international had struggled for playing time after his lengthy spell out on the sidelines.
But things have most certainly picked up for the player in recent weeks: after scoring a hat-trick in the club's final league game of the season against West Brom, the versatile forward scored the Gunners' opener in their FA Cup final victory over Aston Villa on Saturday.
Ramsey speaks out
And now Ramsey, as well as insisting that he expects Walcott's future to be sorted out, he's admitted that he's delighted for his teammate after his fine display at Wembley.
When discussing the future of Walcott, the Welshman stated: “I am sure that will be sorted out. I am delighted for him. He has been through a lot. He missed last season’s FA Cup and it could not have happened to a nicer guy to start the final and score.
“I know what it feels like to score a goal and it is a wonderful feeling. Oli came on, made an impact and scored his goal. So I am pleased for them both — they are both very important players to this team.”
There's certainly a chance, then, that Ramsey and Walcott will continue to play alongside each other next term, but it remains to be seen as to whether the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool step up their interest in the England man.
Huge season ahead
One thing's for sure, Walcott certainly sent a message in his final two displays of the campaign. Finally being handed the opportunity to prove his credentials in attack, the ex-Southampton man proved exactly what he's all about.
A superb hat-trick against the Baggies was followed up with fine goal against Villa on Saturday, which will no doubt put him in great spirits ahead of the 2015/16 campaign.
One thing's for sure, if Walcott can take his recent form into next season, then there's no reason why he can't prove a key man for the club, as they go about maintaining a Premier League title challenge.
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