Theo Walcott set to sign new Arsenal contract

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Theo Walcott has decided to commit his future to Arsenal and will sign a new contract with the north London outfit.

This is according to The Sun, who understand Walcott has held successful talks with the Gunners and will now put pen-to-paper on a new deal.

The England international, 26, wanted assurances over his place in the Arsenal first team after struggling for starts following his return from injury in January. But it appears Arsene Wenger has managed to convince the pacy winger to stay put at the Emirates Stadium.

Walcott’s current contract expires in the summer of 2016 and speculation was rife that he could be headed to Liverpool, the club he supported as a boy, with the wantaway Raheem Sterling moving in the opposite direction.

While Wenger was - and reportedly still is - keen on Sterling, 20, despite his questionable behaviour over recent months, the veteran French coach was determined to keep hold of Walcott.

Walcott's two big moments

The former Southampton starlet netted a superb hat-trick in the Gunners’ 4-1 victory over West Brom on the final day of the Premier League season and opened the scoring against Aston Villa in the FA Cup final at Wembley a week later.

These were crucial moments for the versatile Walcott, who proved he still has a big role to play with the Gunners.

Arsenal fans: are you pleased Theo Walcott has decided to stay with the Gunners? Should he start next season? Have your say in the comments below!

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