The England international, who missed the 2014 World Cup through injury, ended last season in style by bagging a hat-trick against West Brom and then followed it up with the opener in the 4-0 FA Cup final victory against Aston Villa at Wembley.
His form is showing no signs of declining as he broke the deadlock five minutes into the second half against the German side after latching on to a fine pass from youngster Jeff Reine-Adelaide and poked the ball past Diego Benaglio as the Gunners held on for the 1-0 win and clinched the trophy for the first time since 2010.
Speaking after the game, Wenger hailed Walcott’s performance and is hopeful that the forward will commit his future to the North London outfit in the near future:
“Not yet but we’re getting closer and closer. Hopefully we can finalise it very soon,” the Frenchman said [via the club’s official website].
“Another goal for Theo and I’m not surprised by that because I played him through the middle. I’ve always said that he’s a goalscorer because he has the movement, he has the timing of the run, the speed for the finishing, and he has an eye for taking his chances at the right moments.”
“He turns up in the right spaces in the box and you cannot give that to a player. He anticipates well, he understands quickly and when that is linked with his speed and execution it always makes him very dangerous,” Wenger added.