Arsenal boss backs Theo Walcott in striking role for club and country
Arsene Wenger has tipped Theo Walcott to fulfil his potential as a striker for both Arsenal and England.
Walcott underlined his goalscoring threat by firing a hat-trick in Tuesday night's thrilling 7-5 League Cup victory over Reading.
But the 23-year-old’s contract expires in the summer and he has so far failed to agree terms on a new deal with the Gunners.
However, boss Wenger hopes his star will remain at the Emirates and go on to be a force up front for both club and country.
He said: "Theo was superb on Tuesday. I always said that he will be a striker, so we are on the same wavelength there.
"First of all he is a good finisher now. Secondly, he knows where to be in the box on the rebound.
"That's a quality of a striker you can't give, you feel it or you don't.
"He has the qualities to play as a striker and I hope he will be a striker at Arsenal. I always said I want to keep him.
"During the contract talks you have to give him credit for the way he's committed to the team and the way he behaves."